Aircraft sensors are devices embedded on various locations in the aircraft for the purpose of monitoring the airspeed, temperature, pressure, proximity, etc. Technological advancements in the field of aircraft sensors have not only been improving the safety and efficiency of flying, but are all set to make a positive impact on the seating arrangements for passengers. The investments in research and development of aircraft sensors are enabling companies to introduce the concept of smart seating. The smart seating system has various sensors implanted within the seat, which gather information and provide in-flight analysis of the cabin.
The sensors in the smart or adaptive seats monitor individual seats for temperature, detect mobile phone activation, passenger moment, and seatbelt closure. The information is directly sent to an application, which can be accessed by the crew using their smart device. All these functions are provided by utilizing the low-power sensors in each seat. A simple dashboard showing the status of every seat in the aircraft is more feasible and efficient than checking each seatbelt by sight, which makes it easier for the cabin crew to prepare the cabin for take-off, landing, turbulence, and especially in the case of an emergency. The sensors can also be used by cabin crew to monitor a particular passenger closely when the passenger is restless or uncomfortable, which will enable them to offer personalized service as per the requirements of the passenger.
Predictive Maintenance and Fleet Efficiency
Broken equipment such as tray tables, seat belts, and screens can be logged and recorded by cabin crew with the data transmitted to the maintenance crew for speedier correction. The ability of the sensors to actively track the thickness of foam seating can alert a maintenance crew when wear and tear has reached a certain level. Logging of cabin data for later analysis can also provide information to enhance the maintenance turnaround times.
Heart Rate Detection to Understand Emotion
Sensors capable of reading the electrical impulses of a heart through clothing and using the passenger’s natural contact with the seat to maintain reading are enhancing the mood management offered by the airlines. The sensor system understands the emotional state of a particular individual by using software to translate a heart rhythm pattern into an emotion. The manufacturers of this product also understand that some passengers may find such collection of health data intrusive and have incorporated the ability to accept or decline the service with the flip of a seat-embedded switch. These sensors will not only serve the function of enabling the crew to offer a more personalized service, but also has the economic benefit of preventing costly emergency landings owing to passengers that do not inform cabin crew of the deterioration of their illness.
Passenger Seats that Accommodate your Preferences
The aircraft passenger seat is a critical component of the journey of any passenger, as the passenger spends a vast amount of time in these seats, especially for long flights. The sensor system can adapt to the sitting condition of a passenger. It also monitors the sitting behavior of a passenger, which enables it to learn and adapt to the passenger’s preferences.
Global Aircraft Sensor Market is set to grow at a CAGR of around 5.4% by 2027, fueled by technological advancements and rising number of commercial aircrafts: says Absolute Markets Insights