IFPL has been presented with a third Queen’s Award for Enterprise as part of the company’s twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations.
Prior to the ceremony, Mrs Sheldon toured our head office and manufacturing facility, receiving a “behind the scenes” insight into how our award-winning aircraft interior products are created and meeting with excited members of the team.
This Queen’s Award for Enterprise follows our previous wins in the ‘International Trade’ category in 2008 and 2014. This year, we are truly honoured to have been recognised in the field of innovation for our design of an NFC Payment Unit, a contactless payment and personalisation device for use in commercial passenger aircraft. The device can be installed as an addition to seatback inflight entertainment systems, and solves the problems of its predecessors’ poor reliability, expensive production costs, and vulnerability to fraud. Additionally, the NFC Payment Unit is the smallest Payment Card Industry (PCI) approved NFC contactless card reader flying today.
Our NFC Payment Unit is such a unique device. Contactless payment is nothing new, but contactless payment on an aircraft brought its own technical challenges which took us the best part of several years to solve. I want to give credit to the team that worked on this device, they deserve recognition for working tirelessly on the development of this fantastic product.
First established in 1965, over 7000 companies have since received an award, with many successfully using the momentum from their achievement to secure new business and venture into new markets.
Now in its 55th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses personally approved by Her Majesty the Queen.
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