Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority collaborates with 1776 to enhance US airports.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in the US has entered a strategic alliance with international firm 1776 in a bid to enhance passenger experiences at airports.
The global company aims to identify and offer guidance to entrepreneurial organisations, which will research new technologies and processes to improve the efficiency and convenience of air travel and other associated forms of transportation.
Airports Authority president and CEO Jack Potter said: “In today’s rapidly changing world of business and commerce, it is imperative that transportation providers, such as airports, take advantage of new technologies that help us meet the demands and expectations of our increasingly mobile customers.”
According to the organisation, the technologies and processes could also prove to be advantageous for other airports, transit agencies and other organisations that are part of the larger air-travel community.
Airports Authority executive vice-president and chief revenue officer Jerome L. Davis said: “The brisk pace of innovation in this complex business environment makes teaming with 1776 a perfect relationship for the Airports Authority and its mission of providing world-class transportation services to the National Capital Area.”
The advanced technologies include automated passport control devices that expedite processing of international passengers travelling through Washington Dulles International Airport in the US.
Through its partnership with US-based company CLEAR, the airports authority has deployed biometric technology for screening processes, invested in new in mobile app technology to facilitate airport security screening and wayfinding, and developed patented processes and technologies to optimise airport operations.