At Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2017, currently underway in Amsterdam, Fortress Seating is demonstrating its new Smart Chair technology, which allows theatre seating to interact with control and automation systems.
Integrate the technology into any Fortress Seating model, including the new Dakota and Sierra seating, and Newland sectional, and the occupancy sensors can detect when someone enters or exits the chair, automatically performing functions like adjusting to preset seating positions, overhead and pathway lighting, activating or pausing a Blu-ray players, adjusting shades, or any other function that can typically be programmed.
Fortress Smart Chair technology will also detect human contact in mechanism pinch points, stopping the motor to reduce risk of injury while also preventing damage to the chair.
Complementing the technology are several new seating options in the Fortress line. The Dakota and Sierra seating has an open base and low, streamlined back. They can both fully recline, with footrests that curl beneath the units when in the upright position, while the headrests flip up independently to give full head and neck support while viewing a movie or relaxing.
The two models differ in the style of the headrest and arms: the Dakota features a bold box style while the Sierra has a knife-edge seam.
"Because Dakota and Sierra have headrests that go up and down, they are great for theatres and other rooms that have sight line challenges," says Gabi Wolper, Vice President of Fortress Seating. "So many people have rooms doing dual purpose these days, this feature helps meet that need."
The Newland sectional rides on a motorized track, and can be used for both theatre and everyday setups.
All models can be customized to specification, including size, colour, fabric, Smart Chair technology, accessories, and more.
Smart Chair technology can be integrated into any Fortress Seating product, including the Bijou theatre seat shown here.