New product enables remote support for Innovative Advantage’s AVDS backbone


Innovative Advantage has launched a new product that facilitates remote support for its AVDS system, an HD audio, video and data distribution fibre optic backbone specifically for business aviation. With the Remote AVDS Backbone Integration Tester (RABIT), the company’s technical support staff can connect to the AVDS system for the purposes of remote commissioning, updates and troubleshooting.

The company says RABIT creates a secure, virtual tunnel so staff can access the system as if they were sitting in the aircraft. The embedded dual-SIM 4G LTE modem allows the RABIT to work in more than 160 countries.

The RABIT is designed to simplify ground maintenance of the AVDS system. The RABIT connects to aircraft and allows Innovative Advantage staff to remotely assist customers’ avionics personnel. The RABIT can be kept at maintenance facilities, customer hangars or even used as carry-on equipment on board the aircraft. The company says it is working with an industry leader in cellular IoT systems, enabling it to leverage best-in-class security, management and world-wide coverage.

“The AVDS was first installed over 12 years ago and we now have over 1,200 aircraft flying,” said Dave Garing, vice president of business development at Innovative Advantage. “The modular and future-proof architecture of the AVDS allows any of these systems to be upgraded with the latest features Innovative Advantage offers. This creates a huge demand for upgrades and support. During this travel-challenged time we’re able to efficiently offer 24/7, worldwide support by utilising our powerful AVDS Client software and the remote connectivity of the RABIT.”

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