Changi Launches Programme to Drive Airport Innovations

Changi Airport is set to launch a new S$50 million programme to drive innovation over the next five years. The programme is partnered with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), allowing Changi Airport Group (CAG) to launch the ‘Changi Airport Living Lab Programme’. The programme’s goal is to collaborate with innovation-driven companies and start ups, to develop and demonstrate new technology solutions, in a live airport environment.

With the support of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the Living Lab Programme is a platform for CAG, and partners in the airport community (including government agencies, ground-handlers, concessionaires, security providers and cleaning companies etc.) to co-create, test and demonstrate new solutions to future proof the airport.

CAG listed several technology areas that they believe are ready for innovation and adoption in the airport. Automation and robotics – opportunities to optimize scarce manpower resources and empower the airport workforce to operate at higher efficiency and productivity levels. Data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) –opportunities to enable a more accurate and real-time perspective of airport operations. This will help airports to better optimize its operational processes, and power smarter decision-making. Non-intrusive security technologies – opportunities for airports to greatly enhance the security clearance process, while also strengthening safety and security standards. Smart infrastructure management – opportunities to leverage new technologies such as sensors, IoT, smart controls; to optimize infrastructure resources.

Mr. Lee Seow Hiang, CEO of CAG said, “Building innovation today is critical to transforming our business and operations for the future. We look forward to partnering established companies and enterprising start-ups 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.”

Dr. Beh Swan Gin, EDB’s Chairman said, “We are pleased to partner Changi Airport Group on this new programme which will see them collaborate with industry players to develop and test next generation airport solutions. The Living Lab is aligned with EDB’s goals of fostering a vibrant eco-system of technology providers driving innovation and creating new businesses from Singapore.”