At the recent SMM exhibition in Hamburg, Bolidt showcased what the company claimed was a unique flooring product that incorporates smart LED lighting.
Its illumination patterns are programmable and controllable down to individual LEDs, allowing designers to be creative in designing flooring space for cruise ships.
The idea originated from the illumination of heli-decks on mega yachts. The special decking is only 15 mm thick and the lights are durable enough to last as long as the decks themselves, the company claimed.
Bolidt also flagged up a new product due to be launched next year, which will incorporate liquid-based sensors that react to step-on movement.
This system could be used to alert crew if someone has wandered out of bounds, or could be adapted for more sophisticated applications, such as monitoring passenger movements in muster drills or evacuations.
The flooring and decking specialist is also building an Innovation Centre, which will be located near Rotterdam and is due for completion in the first quarter of next year.
This facility will be the centrepiece of Bolidt’s efforts to drive technological innovation by engaging with shipowners, architects, designers and academia, the company said.
As for Bolidt’s Bolideck Future Teak, the company revealed that the orderbook now stands at over 50 vessels – involving both newbuildings and refits.