Intelligent transport systems and tomorrow’s airport experience will be more connected and cooperative, more entertaining and more sustainable, according to French airport operator Groupe ADP.
The company recently held a global innovation contest to envisage the airport of the future, lending weight to the idea of future intelligent transport systems. Students, businesses, travellers and the group’s own employees were invited to reinvent the airport experience, focusing on topics such as the city within the airport, the passenger experience, smart terminals and the “zero environmental impact” airport.
Winners of the Play Your Airport challenge included:
– Travel&Share: Making the most of wait time by encouraging experience-sharing and interaction with others at the airport.
– ShopNGo: Delivering personalised offers and reductions that can be found in the airport shops.
– Haptic System: An energy-generating floor, which is 100 times more efficient than solar power, thanks to passenger movement.
– MVAW Technologies: Incorporating plant life into airport furniture to improve air quality.
– Revolution’Air: Optimising the passenger process thanks to big data, including the possibility of booking time slots at control desks.
Reflecting on the winning projects, Groupe ADP said that four major trends emerged:
1. A more connected airport: robot guides, click and collect, autonomous vehicles to move within the airport.
2. A more sustainable airport: connected objects and green technologies, an airport with zero environmental impact, which even produces energy.
3. A more entertaining airport: immersive entertainment zones, bringing a game aspect into the experience.
4. A more cooperative airport: personalised assistance, journey preparation, and increased interaction between those present in the airport.
The winning student and traveller teams will be given plane tickets for a round-the-world trip. Businesses will receive up to €40,000 in funding and support for a project in the testing phase. Winning employees will get a study trip to Silicon Valley.