Omniserv, a leading global airport assistance services provider, has a new plan to help airport passengers with disabilities. Omniserv has announced and tested a new wheelchair technology in Edinburg Airport, as part of the company’s continued efforts to improve the experience for passengers requiring special assistance at British airports.
The wheelAIR cooling backrest cushion was first created by Corien Staels in 2015. It was released in the market by Scottish firm Staels Design in 2016. The new wheelAIR has been designed primarily to improve the wheelchair experience. The technology has been designed with input and contributions from wheelchair manufacturers as well as Paralympic athletes.
What to expect from the newly introduced wheelchair technology wheelAIR:
As mentioned in the company’s press release, the wheelAIR features an inbuilt fan technology for better temperature control and reduced heat. This provides instant comfort for people with disabilities. Additionally, the new technology also provides extra support, using carefully selected and designed materials.
For the trial period, which officially started on June 5, the wheelAIR developer has decided to team with FastAid Products, an Edinburg-based mobility retailer. As part of their new partnership, FastAID Products will supply an active lightweight wheelchair to allow customers to try the new wheelAIR technology for themselves.
This is not the first time OmniServ has introduced and tested a new wheelchair technology for the British airports. Earlier this year, the British service provider teamed up with London’s Heathrow Airport to address accessibility issues on London airport. The two have introduced a new wheelchair product, the WHILL Ci Model, to address the accessibility issues and enhance the airport experience for people with mobility issues.
In addition to new wheelchair technology, the British airport service provider also introduced another British invention, the ProMove Sling, an easily transportable, lightweight option for lifting and transferring passengers with reduced mobility (PRMs).
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