HOW EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS BEING RE-IMAGINED
Following the Smart Airports conference that wrapped up here in Edmonton in July the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) introduced its new digital strategy . Airport executives from across North America attended the conference to discuss how technology is changing airports and to witness what EIA has been working on.
EIA demonstrated its new autonomous all-terrain vehicles that will patrol the perimeter security fence of the airport. This artificial intelligence technology was developed by the Alberta Centre for Advanced Microprocessor and Nanotechnology Products (ACAMP), and its programming includes functions such as navigation, path planning, obstacle avoidance, animal and human recognition, communication directed to airport security, geo-fencing, situational awareness and analysis and more.
EIA has already begun its digital transformation with initiatives already underway like the autonomous ATVs, flight training simulators, and the Robird and integrated drone solutions introduced last year. Future initiatives include interactive maps and digital wayfinding, face recognition and passenger tracking, and improved baggage service.
EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT “AIRPORT CITY” DEVELOPMENTS
EIA’s “Airport City” developments include the Premium Outlet Connection opened this year, and future growth of the innovation-focused Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre, home to Promethean Labs, Aerium Analytics, Absolute Combustion, ACAMP, and the Alberta Motor Transport Association.