Astronics launches retrofit power solution and network platform

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Astronics AES has announced the release of a new in-seat power retrofit solution for airlines. Attaching quickly and directly to installed seat tubes, the EmPower Xpress on-seat USB outlet housing solution delivers instant USB charging options for aircraft and can be installed in an overnight maintenance turn.

The EmPower Xpress expands the EmPower in-seat power product line’s retrofit offerings. EmPower in-seat power products are currently flying on more than 280 airlines worldwide.

Astronics has also introduced a new distributed architecture cabin network platform, Edge, which is designed to provide a scalable, reliable and cost-effective hardware system for connected aircraft. Enabling connectivity, IFE and other network services, Edge eliminates the need for a traditional head-end server. It is designed to provide a secure, scalable and modular environment while being cost-effective and easy to install.

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