Airports International - Tara Craig

A new partnership will see Glasgow Airport testing new technologies designed to improve the passenger experience, boost productivity, and help it hit sustainability targets.

Connected Places Catapult, the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport, and place leadership, has announced a new multi-year partnership with Glasgow Airport, to create the UK’s first Connected Airport Living Lab. The partnership will produce a series of demonstrations and trials of innovative technologies at the airport as the transport hub continues to regrow passenger numbers in tandem with delivering on the commitments outlined in its sustainability strategy.

This partnership will put Glasgow Airport at the heart of testing a diverse range of innovations aimed at addressing challenges facing the aviation sector. The Connected Airport Living Lab will play host to technologies, systems and processes designed to enhance passenger experience and freight management.  It aims to boost productivity and will accelerate decarbonisation of ground and air operations, including the electrification of flight, the use of hydrogen, automation data analytics and multi modal connected surface-level access.

The partnership will also support existing collaborations in the region, including the airport and Catapult’s ongoing involvement with CAELUS (Care & Equity – Healthcare Logistics UAS Scotland), which is working with NHS Scotland to build the first national drone network for the transportation of essential medicines, bloods and other medical supplies throughout Scotland, including to remote communities.

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