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Tuesday, 06 July 2021 10:43

Elenium Automation launches $200 million program to upgrade airport technology for passengers


Airport tech startup Elenium Automation has launched VYGR, a $200 million program to improve airport technology, which iit says.offers airports and airlines the latest automation technologies to reduce time and lower operational costs.

Elenium Automation has launched the program to help airports and airlines upgrade their technology to make travels seamless and post-Covid ready.

Elenium Automation claims that the new program VYGR (short for Voyager) will allow airlines and airports to access the latest automation technologies without capital investment.

The purpose of the $200 million program is to eliminate the financial risk of deploying such technology during an uncertain time with a consumption-based model, paying only on a per use basis.

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Elenium Automation builds self-service systems in Victoria, Australia. By using biometrics, telepresence, and touchless technologies that Elenium designed, passengers can walk into the terminal, drop off their bag, and continue to the lounge or boarding gate without having to touch a boarding pass, bag tag or screen.

Automating the passenger journey saves more time and energy. An airport can halve the space used for check-in, allocating more space for valuable retail. Travellers spend less times in queues and operational costs can be lowered, says Elenium.

Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings praises how Elenium’s innovation worked: “Its [Elenium] technology reduces congestion in the check-in area. Elenium has really freed up a lot of space. It’s probably doubled our capacity in the check-in area just by installing these products.”

Rob Bowring, a senior aviation executive with over 25 years’ experience in the industry has joined Elenium to lead VYGR and its innovative business model.

Bowring spent the last year playing a key role on Multiplex’ bid to design and construct the Western Sydney Airport terminal.

Prior to that, he worked at Qantas for 16 years in a range of roles including head of airport transformation, head of commercial airport infrastructure and services and head of Qantas Group airport strategy and commercial.

The VYGR consumption model has been designed to protect and accelerate the aviation industry, claims Elenium.

Not only does it reduce financial risk during a tumultuous period, it returns the money if the cost of technology is recovered earlier. Thus, Elenium says, airports and airlines will have both downside and upside protection. This means they will have more flexibility to deploy their constrained capital on other investments.

Elenium CEO Aaron Hornlimann says the aviation industry can benefit from VYGR by implementing technologies without worrying about the upfront cost and managing the risk of operational disruptions from pandemic to bad weather.

Hornlimann adds that airports can pay for it when they use it.

“We need to upgrade our airports now so the industry recovery can be supported with efficient, touchless and confidence-building automation. VYGR removes a hurdle by dealing with capital constraints,” Hornlimann concludes.

Elenium’s VYGR range of products are not just for major cities. The end-to-end airport passenger processing suite can be used by regional airports without the complex IT systems that usually limit the use of automation.

Elenium’s products can be found in airports of all sizes from Queenstown in New Zealand, Avalon in Geelong to Hong Kong International Airport and in Abu Dhabi.

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