SatAuth installs innovative communications infrastructure on SAA’s cabin trainer, paving the way for SAA to become the first user of secure real-time e-commerce facilities in the aviation industry.
Satellite Authorisation Systems (SatAuth) with the assistance of SAA has successfully installed its unique communication solution on board SAA’s Cabin trainer. This is anticipated to be a giant step towards providing real-time authentication for on-board sales – addressing the ongoing risk of doing business in-flight, and achieving a major milestone of a project which has been in the making for over 13 years.
According to SatAuth founder and CEO Paul Roux, the SatAuth solution has been designed to take the risk out of commercial trading in-flight, by providing a secure solution to the risk associated with doing business in this environment.
SatAuth will be providing an economical and secure transaction environment, thereby expanding the marketing potential to a captive audience, as opposed to on-board in-flight communications like e-mail, SMS’s and to a lesser degree web surfing.
SatAuth further distinguishes itself from its global competitors, by providing a cost-effective installation, without compromising aircraft flight schedules or passenger space.
As a truly South African innovation, the solution would not have reached this milestone without the dedicated support of the SAA Avionics engineers. They assisted us in guiding the SatAuth Solution through the numerous certification requirements for the aviation industry.
Paul Roux envisages that SAA Technical will be the manufacturers of the major aircraft components in accordance with international Aviation Certification standards required for the installation, providing a unique opportunity for SAA’s technical team.
The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), hosted and managed by the CSIR, is providing grant support to SatAuth to complete its final testing phases. This final phase will enable the migration from proof-of-concept to global commercialization, which is in line with the AISI’s goal of industrialisation of technology.
Installation of the SatAuth solution onto a commercial aircraft, and the completion of in-flight testing to further verify the effectiveness of the solution, is the next milestone in this proudly South African project.
– Johannesburg, South Africa, May 26, 2014