Airport Works to Connect the Startup Dots

PIT teams with Silicon Valley to find tech solutions to improve efficiency, passenger experience

By BlueSkyStaff

Published October 20, 2018

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When the Terminal Modernization Program, or TMP, is completed in 2023, Pittsburgh International Airport will be one of the most technologically advanced airports in the world.

But no one at PIT is waiting until then.

In May 2017, PIT entered an agreement with Silicon Valley-based Plug and Play, a platform that connects technology startups with companies in need of innovative solutions. From its Palo Alto headquarters, Plug and Play has ties to nearly 6,500 startups around the globe and connects them to more than 300 corporate partners.

Billed as the world’s largest innovation platform, Plug and Play has PIT staff immersed in the process to gain a holistic view of the airport as well as the passenger airline industry. They will identify where innovation gaps exist, then select the appropriate industry-specific startup companies to develop and implement technology solutions.

Among the solutions Plug and Play has sourced for the transportation industry are lowering costs, increasing operational efficiencies, improving safety and security and creating seamless travel experiences.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in airports, and I truly believe that innovation in the space can help to improve the experience to ultimately make the stay more pleasant,” said Saeed Amidi, CEO of Plug and Play.

Through the agreement with Plug and Play, PIT will be at the front of the line to receive new and innovative technologies produced by tech companies at various stages of growth looking to implement their ideas on a large scale.

“Being forward-thinking and embracing the latest technology are key goals for Pittsburgh International Airport,” said Christina Cassotis, PIT’s CEO. “Plug and Play will help us improve the customer experience and enhance operations.”

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