Changi Airport to co-create smart airport solutions

This will be done in collaboration with innovation-driven companies and startups, under the Living Lab Programme.

By Kareyst Lin
Jan. 10, 2017

changi airport, singapore

In partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Changi Airport Group (CAG) has launched the Changi Airport Living Lab Programme to drive innovation and transform its operations for the future.

This S$50 million programme will see CAG collaborating with innovation-driven companies and startups, to develop and demonstrate new technology solutions in a live airport environment, CAG said in a press statement on 5 January 2017.

With the support of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the Living Lab Programme is a platform for CAG and its partners in the airport community to co-create, test, and demonstrate new solutions to future-proof the airport.

The technology areas that CAG believes are ready for innovation and adoption in the airport are: automation and robotics, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), non-intrusive security technologies, and smart infrastructure management.

The airport has already started working with partners to test solutions in some of these areas to achieve a more seamless and positive experience for passengers and visitors to the airport. For example, it has been running prototype trials for autonomous cleaning robots to clean the vast tracts of floors in the airport terminals. It has also been exploring the use of automated guided vehicles to ferry passengers between terminals.

Another example is taxi queue analytics, whereby sensors are used to determine the number of people in taxi queues and the estimated wait time. This would allow the airport to provide travellers with better advice on ground transport options during peak periods, as well as alert taxi drivers about impending demand for taxis at the airport.

"Building innovation today is critical to transforming our business and operations for the future," said Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of CAG. "We look forward to partnering established companies and enterprising startups to develop cutting-edge technologies for the airport. Through our Living Lab collaborations, I believe that we can add value to our partners in helping them scale up their solutions for real-world applications."