Calling all innovative startups and SMEs to step forward, it is aimed at identifying, qualifying and testing new solutions that will help support the gradual resumption of air traffic, while rebuilding trust in passengers, throughout their journey from their homes to the airport, as well as in the professionals working on these platforms.
With lockdown being gradually lifted and the economic recovery beginning, the Ile-de-France region, Groupe ADP and Choose Paris Region decide, in order to pave the way for the future, to draw on the rich economic fabric formed by innovative startups and SMEs, both French and international.
"This crisis forces us to rethink the way we live and our mobility, with guarantees for the health of passengers and airports employees. This is the king of call for projects we need to innovate and implement the relaxation of lockdown", said Valérie Pécresse, Président of Ile-de-France Region.
Digital technology and innovation will thus be put to work new solutions in the face of the public health challenge, on the unique testing ground offered by airports, the main entry and exit gateway into national territory. Beyond the airport sector, the technologies identified and the experimental projects resulting from them will need to benefit all the players along the transport value chain.
"Air industry is now faced with a new challenge. We need to cope with the pandemic while allowing air traffic to gradually resume, so that citizens can confidently make their way back to the airports. It will take collective intelligence and all the talents in the ecosystem from innovates startups and SMEs. Through this partnership, we want to speed up solutions that will have proved themselves in the airport, an essential link in the tourism recovery chain and could be useful to the sector as a whole, to invent together the future of travel", said Augustin de Romanet, Chairman and CEO of Groupe ADP.
- Prevention – helping people adopt virus-halting behaviors, cleaning internal and external areas, etc.;
- Detection – solutions for places with large number of visitor, rapid individual detection technologies, etc.;
- Development of new services – voice-controlled surfaces, non-touch payment methods, on-line purchases, etc.
"Thanks to this call for projects, we want to make a very concrete contribution to our economy's recovery through new technological solutions that facilitate the mobility of goods and individuals ", said Franck Margain, Chairman of Choose Paris Region.
In order that this call for projects can also serve the challenges of the sector as a whole, the jury will be made up of representatives of airlines, mobility and tourism players, and healthcare professionals.