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Tue, Feb 15, 2011

ICG Nxtlink ICS-400 Receives Iridium Certification

Com System Successfully Tested On The Iridium Constellation

An aircraft cabin communications system developed by International Communications Group has successfully completed the “Iridium Compatible Equipment Certification” (ICE) testing, conducted by Iridium Communications Inc., and has been approved for operation on the Iridium constellation and network.

ICG's ICS-400, which combines four Iridium channels with an internal cabin telecommunications unit (CTU), is capable of global voice service coupled with telephone services similar to those found in contemporary office PABX systems. The NxtLink ICS-400 can be integrated with conventional telephony devices, other satcom systems or legacy CTU systems through standard 2-Wire “Tip and Ring” circuits, 4-Wire audio connections or CEPT-E1 digital circuits.

Standard CTU features include intercom calling, call transfer, conferencing, follow-on dialing and voice prompts. Designed into a 4 MCU Line  Replaceable Unit (LRU), the ICS-400 can be installed on any size aircraft as the sole communications facility or as an additional/restorative communications system.  “Completion of this qualification demonstrates that we have met the stringent requirements outlined by Iridium and that the ICS-400 multi-channel system can provide reliable, global coverage for voice and data applications. We believe that by achieving this qualification for ICS-400, we are delivering a superior product. It is clear that customers prefer a product that is compliant with current and future standards when they make their purchasing choices,” said Darren Emery, ICG’s Director of Customer Support.

“ICG is pleased that the ICS-400 platform has been selected as the satellite communications system for the Embraer Lineage 1000 aircraft,” said Armin Jabs, ICG COO. “It confirms our belief that the multi-channel ICS-400 offers the least expensive satcom solution for an operator requiring global voice, fax and data communications services for their aircraft.”

The system architecture permits installation on any size airframe or aircraft model, providing flexible connectivity options and solutions for all communications requirements. The NxtLink ICS-400 also provides ARINC 429 connections and a dedicated Short Burst Data (SBD) transceiver to support ACARS messaging. The device is simple to operate offering standard dialing conventions and PABX operations with familiar call progress tones. It is the ideal solution for aircraft requiring up to 10 telephony connections and seamless global communications services without the inconveniences of hand-offs or no-service areas.

FMI: www.icg.aero

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