Rockwell Collins to offer smart routers as part of ARINCDirect services for business aviation customers

ICG eRouter ERT-120

The ICG smart cabin routers for ARINCDirect business aviation customers improve the overall passenger connectivity experience by disseminating the right amount of data to the right places. (Enlarge image)

GENEVA (May 18, 2015) – Rockwell Collins has entered into a strategic partnership with ICG (International Communications Group, Inc.) to offer its eRouter (ERT-100 and ERT-120) smart cabin routers to the company’s ARINCDirectSM business aviation customers.

“Offering a smart router as part of our solution provides access to on-board content and allows us to create value-added services for our customers,” said David Stanley, staff vice president, ARINCDirect for Rockwell Collins. “We can now provide end-to-end solutions that integrate our ground and air applications to save business aviation operators time and expense, while improving the overall passenger connectivity experience.  The ICG eRouter provides superior capabilities at a very affordable cost.”

For business aviation, smart routers are now a necessity for aircraft connectivity enablement. They provide data and voice routing services for aircraft applications and are developed specifically to meet aviation standards and requirements.  In addition to managing on board networks like Ka, Ku, L-Band, ATG and GSM within the cabin, the router enables more flight departments and crews to access ARINCDirect service offerings such as Follow Me GSM over Wi-Fi, media content, international trip planning and weather services by acting as the communications gateway for any number of connected devices onboard.

The smart router also supports cabin crew, flight deck and aircraft system data communication requirements, enabling flight crews using the ARINCDirect Flight Planning app to access their account and update flight plans, weather, charts and trip documents while en route.

“The ICG eRouter has a robust set of features to include 3G/4G LTE connectivity for on-ground data transfers as well as channel bonding capabilities and next generation acceleration/compression software for faster data speeds in the air,” said Darren Emery, ICG’s Director, Connectivity Products and Program Management. “Rockwell Collins customers will benefit from features such as routing based on the lowest cost given the available networks and bandwidth allocation disseminated in the right amount to the right places, making for a positive passenger experience.”

“In addition to all of its features and functionality, the ICG eRouter has one other important distinction,” notes Stanley. “It is service agnostic and gives operators the freedom to choose their satcom provider.  Having a choice in providers is beneficial to users by keeping the service costs competitive as well as driving innovative value-added solutions.”

About ICG

ICG (International Communications Group, Inc.) of Newport News, Va. is a recognized leader within the aerospace industry, in the development and manufacture of aeronautical communications systems and data routing solutions for the Air Transport and General Aviation industries.  ICG’s products provide satellite-based global voice and data telecommunications services for both cabin requirements and flight deck operations. Implementation of ICG avionics provides a comprehensive communications solution that can be customized for any size airframe or application. Products include: CTU systems, corded and cordless handsets, single- and multi-channel Iridium® systems and data management devices. Markets for ICG products are the aerospace, military and maritime industries. ICG, a major Iridium® value-added manufacturer (VAM) and value-added reseller (VAR), has developed a wide range of Iridium®-based solutions and products for mobile satellite communications applications. ICG is an approved FAA manufacturing facility and operates an FAA approved repair station. To learn more visit

About Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information management services is delivered by a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses more than 150 countries. To find out more, please visit


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