ACM Aerospace (Aircraft Cabin Modification GmbH) has introduced a new sensor technology for seats with its product Avital, which measures the electrocardiogram (ECG) values of occupants without the need for wiring. Not only are health problems detected in real time, but also signs of exhaustion and stress in the pilot, meaning that any necessary countermeasures can be taken in good time, says the company. Avital earned ACM Aerospace a nomination in the prestigious Crystal Cabin Awards 2021.

    The sophisticated sensor technology, which is installed directly in the seat, means that the ECG of the occupants can be monitored without the any skin contact – and with the highest medical resolution. Vital human parameters are measured as soon as the seat equipped with Avital sensors is used. The corresponding values are checked live against one of the largest medical databases to obtain the best analysis results.

    The Avital fatigue assistant also warns users, such as pilots, when symptoms like exhaustion or declining concentration develop. The person, or a designated ground authority, is then required to take appropriate action.

    Early detection increases safety

    The data obtained in this way also enables a long-term analysis, meaning that the person’s state of health is logged and monitored over a longer period of time. “As soon as any abnormalities occur, it is possible to initiate medical examinations in good time and thereby avoid serious illness,” explains ACM Aerospace MD Roger Hohl.

    Avital is made of capacitive textile sensors that are integrated directly under the fabric of the backrest, as well as the seat surface. This makes it possible to evaluate the heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing rate and other deducible parameters. There are many uses for it: pilot and passenger seats in aircraft and helicopters, rescue flights and space travel, or also as a display in the in-flight entertainment system as information for passengers.

    “The range of applications is very diverse and yet easy to use. We are absolutely convinced that this innovation will make aviation much safer in all respects and for all occupants – crew and passengers alike”, concludes Hohl.