Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands will serve as a testing ground for logistics automation company Vanderlande to develop advanced solutions that aim to make the airport scalable, sustainable and smart.

By providing its amenities, Eindhoven Airport will permit Vanderlande to apply and test the technology on site, which will help in innovating, optimising and simplifying airport processes.

Both organisations are located in the ‘Brainport’ part of the country and will partner with technology, design and knowledge institutions on a trial basis for many months to accelerate the process.

Under the agreement, Eindhoven Airport, Vanderlande and BagsID will use computer learning and image recognition technology at the airport.

This technology will permit the check-in of baggage with a photograph taken by the camera equipment.

Early next year, Vanderlande and Eindhoven Airport plan to test autonomous vehicles that can automatically transport baggage to and from aircraft on the apron.

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Eindhoven Airport COO Mirjam van den Bogaard said: “The aviation industry is facing numerous challenges and, through innovation, we are looking for ways to turn these into opportunities.

“We have worked closely with Vanderlande for many years, who, like us, want to lead the way in the application of new techniques to improve the airport process.

“Our future strategy is based on the conviction that innovations in aviation can be put into practice sooner if different disciplines cooperate seamlessly.”

Vanderlande market director airports Mark Lakerveld added: “Innovation is essential in further optimising airport processes and improving the passenger experience.

“We recognise that new technologies, robotics and digitalisation will help shape the airport of the future. By working closely with a regional partner that positions itself as a ‘smart’ airport, Vanderlande is able to launch innovations in an operational environment close to home.”

Last month, Ecolog International Group company Ecolog Deutschland partnered with Pro Health Medical – InVitaLab to open a Covid-19 test centre at Eindhoven Airport.