South Korea’s New Deal and Changes in Incheon Airport

‘South Korea’s New Deal’, which promises to newly change the domestic economy and society, is a hot topic nowadays. It aims to strengthen employment and social safety net to support jobs based on two programs: Digital New Deal’ and Green New Deal.’

Incheon Airport is showing various changes in accord with the Digital New Deal. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Is Incheon Airport developing “big data platform”?

SOC digitalization, one of the policies of the Digital New Deal, aims to digitize infrastructure such as roads, railways, ports, and airports with new digital technologies such as data, network, and artificial intelligence (AI) and build an efficient operating network.

Incheon Airport is recently focusing on developing its big data platform’ and expanding digital infrastructure. A big data model optimized for Incheon Airport will be developed and used for the airport’s operations sometime in the second half of next year by collecting and combining data related to the airport’s operations and updating the data analytics system.

Once the big data platform is applied to Incheon Airport, it can improve passenger departure and arrival flows and traffic management systems, advance passenger prediction systems based on machine learning, and thereby enable more efficient airport operations. The data collected during the building of the platform will be also made public. Incheon Airport will surely contribute to Korea’s big data industry and smart services, right?

Autonomous driving AI robots in Incheon Airport

In addition to big data, Incheon Airport is putting a lot of efforts to provide smarter airport services through AI technology. Incheon Airport’s AI guide robot ‘AIRSTAR’ has been in operation since 2018, and Incheon Airport is introducing various line-up robots and taking its passenger services to the next level.

For starters, let’s talk about the autonomous driving electric car ‘Air Ride,’ which is being piloted in Incheon Airport’s Departures Hall in Terminal 2 and Arrivals Hall in Terminal 1.

Curious about how you can use Air Ride? All you have to do is to select your flight or gate on the touch screen! It is based on AI autonomous driving, in which you do not need to get your hands on the steering wheel, and can get you to your destination within 3 to 4 minutes. It also can drive through various obstacles, so isn’t it smart? While it may be of service for ordinary people, it will be greatly helpful for priority passengers with mobility impairment! It is quite spacious so you can move around comfortably!

There is also the autonomous driving cart robot Air Porter’, which was introduced along with Air Ride. Its design looks like an AI robot in the film Star Wars! Currently, six Air Porters serve Incheon Airport’s Terminals 1 and 2 as well as the Concourse and Duty-Free Zone, automatically carrying luggage for passengers.

Air Porters can be used in cruise mode’, where they follow humans, and autonomous driving mode,’ where they guide passengers when the destination is entered. It can carry two carry-on baggage and speaks four languages with various facial expressions. Air Porters will certainly help you to move around in the airport more easily and pleasantly!

So far, we have looked at South Korea’s New Deal, especially how Incheon Airport is applying cutting-edge technologies to its operations in line with the Digital New Deal. Incheon Airport will make every effort with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for the success of the Digital New Deal so that visitors and passengers can enjoy advanced and convenient digital infrastructure at Incheon Airport!

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