Data generation for predictive maintenance and/or an easier boarding process
Shortening of aircraft turnaround times by optimizing ongoing operations and simplifying procedures for crews
Tips and information for passengers via mobile app
Information about the passenger’s sitting habits and physical wellbeing during the flight
Even during the flight, airlines can request data regarding the condition of the aircraft seats and forward a status report. This means that the maintenance staff already know prior to the aircraft landing which seat components need to be replaced. In this case, the seat communicates all the relevant information. For example, the item numbers or information about seat cushions, covers, etc. In short: handling and logistics become significantly easier.
Due to the passenger's contact with the seat cushion, backrest and headrest, the aircraft seat uses its sensors to continuously record the passenger's physical wellbeing. In this way, the flight attendant can draw conclusions based on the seat temperature about passengers' wellbeing and offer appropriate services to increase their comfort. For example, a warm blanket or an individually adjusted fan setting.
As the Greiner Intelligent Seat also collects data on the seating position, the cabin crew can provide passengers with important information. Based on the data recorded, an optional app also communicates valuable health tips about the amount of time spent sitting. For example, a nudge to change their sitting posture or to move around which is particularly important on long-haul flights. In addition, the data can be used to draw accurate conclusions about the seating comfort of the seat cushion which can be incorporated in product optimization.
In future, competition will not be between products or processes but between (digital) business models. This requires future products to have sensory and communicative capabilities in order to lay the physical foundations for these business models. By developing the intelligent seat cushion, Greiner aerospace is engaging in the digitalization process of the aircraft cabine, focusing most notably on the sensor technology segment which is in great demand.
Aircraft turnaround times are a second major challenge facing the industry and a crucial profitability factor. The airlines are working constantly on shortening turnaround times to reduce costs and increase performance. The fact of the matter is: The faster an aircraft is back in the air again, the better that is for the airline’s competitiveness. Intelligent measures aimed at reducing the turnaround time can improve the margins in the airline business and prevent losses. The Greiner Intelligent Seat makes an important contribution to this.