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Flight times approaching close to 20 hours are now a reality, putting passenger health and wellness front and center for airlines. With this in mind, Panasonic Avionics unveiled details about its Wellness product suite, one of the four pillars of its NEXT platform.

The Wellness launch suite includes five products: premium lighting, active noise cancellations, nanoe air cleansing, Detalytics health app and Mimi personalized audio.

According to Panasonic, the premium lighting will allow passengers to select their own LED lighting scenarios. “We can do that automatically for [passengers] to tie it into meal time, watching entertainment, as well as tying it into sleep or circadian rhythm,” said Andrew Mohr, Panasonic Avionics’ head of Innovation.

For the active noise control product, Panasonic worked with seat manufacturers to create 15 decibals of noise reduction within the seat environment, while the nanoe air cleansing technology creates nano drops of ionized water 15,000 times smaller than a human hair to remove airborne pathogens and odors.

“We’re not wellness experts, but we have built a platform that wellness and health advocates and experts will be able to endorse and enrich.” – Andrew Mohr, Panasonic Avionics

The Detalytics health app, meanwhile, will use artificial intelligence to deliver accurate recommendations on different aspects of a passengers’ health and wellness. Last but not least, the Mimi audio technology will use a specialized algorithm to test and tune headphones to a passengers’ exact hearing capability.

The company is betting that the popularity of fitness apps and technologies like the Apple Watch Series 4 are converging into what Mohr says, is an “enormous opportunity.” . Panasonic Avionics says it has undisclosed launch customers for all the products, including commitments for 2019 and 2020 deliveries. “We’re not wellness experts, but what we’re really good at is building platforms and so we have built a platform that wellness and health advocates and experts will be able to endorse and enrich,” Mohr said.