BIAL and AWS to set up Joint Innovation Centre

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BIAL and AWS to set up a JIC to build digital solutions for aviation sector

Bangalore: BIAL and AWS to set up a Joint Innovation Centre (JIC) that will drive the development and adoption of digital solutions in aviation.

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) – operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) today said that it is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to establish a Joint Innovation Center (JIC).

Focus of Joint Innovation Centre

The JIC will come up at BLR Airport in 2022. It will focus on driving digital innovation for the airport, enhancing passenger experience, and creating a positive impact on the community where the airport operates.

It will help strengthen BIAL’s digital roadmap and develop custom solutions for BLR Airport. The JIC will be using a mix of technologies including cloud computing, blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), analytics, machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and augmented and virtual reality (AR/ VR).

The JIC will support BIAL’s intent to lead technology innovation in India’s commercial aviation and create a digitised and intuitive airport for travellers.

It will focus on developing technology solutions to better the passenger experience across retail, dining, and entertainment at the airport, and achieving operational efficiencies for BIAL.

After solutions are implemented, their outcomes can be scaled and then deployed for other airports in India and globally. This is AWS’ first JIC established outside of China. And it’s also the first JIC dedicated to advancing the aviation industry.

Relationship between BIAL and AWS

The relationship between BIAL and AWS mainly focuses on two areas – first on BLR Airport’s digital roadmap leveraging cloud computing and digital technologies. And secondly, to create an environment for the startups to innovate and advance in aviation and related domains, according to Hari Marar, MD and CEO of BIAL.

“The new Joint Innovation Center between BIAL and AWS will enable us to develop modular, scalable, innovative digital solutions that can benefit all stakeholders in the aviation domain and help reimagine air travel in India,” added Marar.

“We are excited to strengthen our engagement with BIAL to help them explore new possibilities with digital technologies, develop enhanced experiences for travelers, and realise the vision of a digitalised and smart airport,” said Rahul Sharma, President, Public Sector – AISPL, AWS India and South Asia.

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