Friday, August 19, 2022

QATAR: Hamad International Airport launches the ‘Digital Twin’ initiative

Qatar’s award-winning airport won the prestigious ‘Smart Solution of the Year’ award thanks to the innovative initiative

DOHA (Qatar)

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has officially launched an innovative ‘Digital Twin’ initiative as part of its smart airport program. This Digital Twin provides a real-time view of the airport through an intuitive 3D interface. Its powerful analytical engine integrates information from multiple airport systems to provide intelligent recommendations to help optimize operations.

The development combined 3D modelling techniques, data-analytics, and Artificial Intelligence to deliver improved, faster and data-driven decision making. The Digital Twin manages aircraft stand conflicts, enables effective responses to alerts and monitors the health of critical airport assets. Additionally, it effectively utilizes the right data at the right time to allow optimization of resources to minimize asset downtime.

The airport industry is increasingly recognizing the potential of Digital Twin technology to support critical airport operations. HIA’s Digital Twin initiative has been recognized as the ‘Smart Solution of the Year’, earning it an award at the Qatar IT Business Awards.

Senior Vice President Technology & Innovation at Hamad International Airport, Mr Suhail Kadri, stated: “Hamad International Airport, in conjunction with industry partner SITA, is actively shaping the future of the airport industry by being one of the few airports in the world to develop a functioning digital twin and experiment with challenging use cases, ushering in a new era of efficiency.”

HIA is named as the World’s Best Airport of 2022 according to SKYTRAX, and the Official Airport Partner of the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is continuously investing in cutting-edge technology as it attracts growing numbers of travellers looking for a smooth and seamless journey

“This one-of-a-kind technology will continue to mature and radically change how operational teams across the airport consume information and make decisions. We are delighted to be first movers in this area and accelerate the adoption of this breakthrough technology, which will ultimately benefit passengers, our airline partners and all airport stakeholders,” Mr Kadri added.

Hani El-Assaad, SITA President, Middle East and Africa, said: “Many congratulations to HIA for winning the ‘Smart Solution of the Year’ award. We’re delighted that our digital twin technology was part of that win.”

“Digital twin has huge potential for airports looking to streamline their operations, which are hugely complex, involving many stakeholders, assets and activities. By creating the digital twin of an airport, we can capture everything that is happening at the airport in a holistic view. This has enabled HIA to make more informed decisions and improve their operations”.

HIA is named as the World’s Best Airport of 2022 according to SKYTRAX, and the Official Airport Partner of the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is continuously investing in cutting-edge technology as it attracts growing numbers of travellers looking for a smooth and seamless journey. Such efforts put HIA as the key leader of tech in the region – as the award-winning airport is on a clear mission to become the world’s leading digital air hub – reconstructing its operations digitally, efficiently and securely.

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Tirthankar Ghosh
Tirthankar Ghosh is a senior journalist and presently Managing Editor, Newsline Publications. He has also been writing for well over 15 years for the New York-based Air Cargo News Flying Typers.

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