Actility to expand Pittsburgh International airport’s IoT capability

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Pittsburgh International Airport in a move that will greatly expand the airport’s IoT capability and position it among the most technologically advanced airports in the world

By 2023, a high-tech $1Bn terminal will be built at Pittsburgh International Airport with plans for the best IoT technology embedded from the outset of the design phase, in order to provide the most up to date offering in a world-class facility.

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Under the MOU, the airport will establish an LPWAN IoT Lab with Actility to enable different use cases to be deployed and tested to identify the best candidate devices and application partners for the overall new terminal design. Targeted areas will include asset movement, people movement and building management.

ActilityCEO and co-founder Olivier Hersent said: “We are delighted to sign this MOU with Pittsburgh International Airport to undertake the first phases of the IoT Lab using our ThingPark Business Accelerator Program. We will supply the airport with the tools, knowledge, and techniques to make their IoT services successful and to demonstrate the benefits of LoRaWAN technology. We look forward to bringing the airport and its visionary management team through the critical first steps of a commercially successful IoT service.”

“Technology innovation is critical for us,” said Pittsburgh International Airport CEO Christina Cassotis. “This is one step toward our goal of building the ‘smartest’ airport in the world. Building an ecosystem of technology leaders and advanced thinking partners will enable us to learn and adapt to be the leading airport in meeting passenger and airline needs while continuing to increase efficiencies.

Actility’s Business Accelerator Program (BAP) consultative service is the first step in IoT service and business case definition. It sets the goals for client projects, tests assumptions, and establishes high-level go-forward plans for launch.

The expected growth of IoT is exponential, and therefore, as part of our transformation to a smart airport, we need to understand how impactful and valuable this wave of technology can be to our airport and the industry,” said Katherine Karolick, Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Pittsburgh International. “We will work with Actility and the IoT ecosystem to first learn and test the value in our existing airside terminal and then refine and perfect it. When our new landside terminal opens in 2023, we will have deployed proven, reliable, secure, and innovative systems.”

Actility was launched by IoT industry and LoRaWAN experts in 2010 to accelerate low power global connectivity. Actility co-founded the LoRa Alliance and continues to pioneer low power wide area (LPWA) networking technology.

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