Most of the world's hub airports i.e. those processing more than 40 million passengers per annum currently face passenger growth levels that likely require continuous physical expansionist development as passenger numbers continue to trend inexorably upward. Inherent at airports, passenger terminals in particular, are increasing constraints on finding suitable locations, adjacent to runway infrastructure, able to provide new infrastructure for increased passenger handling.
The act of processing constantly increasing numbers of passengers - outbound, inbound and transit - requires new, fast and detailed development of integrated and co-operational activity to deliver operational outcomes that genuinely enable majority of airline customers to walk-through from kerb-side to aircraft seat.
Research must include scalability and undertake iterative testing from early proof of concept through to real world testing in conjunction with selected hub airport(s) and operational stakeholders and a demographic spread of ‘passengers'.
A UK researcher and company have developed a new, operationally feasible process to achieve this, based upon an existing and viable concept and enabled through detailed development of disruptive and other developing technologies e.g. blockchain DLT (digital ledger technology) and AI (artificial intelligence).
The system is able to meet the challenges that require appropriate solutions across a mix of secure process activities. And vitally, for all operational stakeholders and equipment vendors, embrace this activity working with concepts and technological expertise, taking ownership as matters reach testing and delivery.
The UK researcher is seeking ICT companies working with blockchain technologies, to help develop this digital technology in a way that improves passenger interaction from point of flight booking on-line through to delivering cogent demonstrations of how to interact with new technological introductions that will benefit and positively affect their experiences and journey through terminals in due course.
They are also seeking mobile app companies to develop an app that an capture an individual passenger's iris biometrics, via snapshots that are submitted to the blockchain prior to entering the airport. It is expected that the app will employ some level of infrared technology.
Collaborators do not have to have specific expertise in airports or the movement of passengers, and they are seeking partners via research development cooperation.
Deadline for the call: 27 August 2020
Deadline for expressions of interest in this profile: 15 August 2020