At the Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), taking place this week (10-12 April), UK-based FliteTrak is launching its SpriteAero intelligent remote monitoring technology, which detects harmful substances in airline cabins.

The cutting-edge system, which the company says is the first of its kind, monitors air inside cabins for harmful or dangerous elements, as well as tobacco, smoke and alcohol.

It can detect:

•    NH3 (ammonia)
•    Nitrogen oxides (NOx) behind air pollution
•    Alcohol
•    Benzene, which can be harmful to health
•    Smoke
•    CO2
•    Ozone
•    Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)/propane/butane/iso-butane and natural gas
•    Methane
•    Hydrogen
•    Hydrogen Sulphide
•    Tricresyl phosphate (TCP), which can be harmful to health

SpriteAero can also monitor temperature and humidity. Units transmit their data wirelessly from individual rows of seats to attendants’ tablets or onboard systems in real-time during flights. The system can send immediate alerts if danger levels are reached.

Data can also be logged for later analysis and help improve maintenance turnaround times, as well as enhancing the flying experience for passengers.

Andrew Barnett, FliteTrak joint managing director, said: “We are looking forward to showcasing SpriteAero at Hamburg.”

He added: “It is the first working technology of its kind with the power to make flights safer and more comfortable for passengers while improving efficiency and security for operators and carriers.”

SpriteAero can be configured to work with FliteTrak’s ViatorAero system or independently. ViatorAero monitors individual seats for such variables as movement, temperature, seat belt closure and mobile phone activation.

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