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Global Eagle expands on water

March 14, 2017

By Chris Forrester

In-Flight entertainment specialists Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has used this week’s Seatrade Cruise Global event to launch its Airtime Portal for cruise passengers and crew.

The Airtime Portal platform enables cruise ship operators to deliver Wi-Fi, instant messaging, social media, live TV, movies, games, news and more directly to passengers’ own mobile devices anywhere on the ship. Guests can access and post to their favourite social media sites, send “selfies” to their friends and families back home and keep up with the latest news at sea.

The Airtime Portal is derived from Global Eagle’s established platform which has been deployed on hundreds of commercial aircraft. The company will transition its existing cruise ship portals to the new technology over the next 12 months in a way that minimises disruption for ship operators.

Global Eagle’s Airview reporting dashboard is a suite of data-rich back-office tools to monitor and analyse portal performance. Payments, performance data and logs are offloaded, and fresh content is uploaded, via a Wi-Fi connection when the ship is in port.

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