August 29, 2017
BIAL and Accenture set up Co-Innovation Centre to Drive Digital Innovation

Collaboration aimed at transforming passenger experience and creating a future-ready airport

BENGALURU, India; Aug. 29, 2017 – Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has signed an agreement with Accenture (NYSE: ACN) to set up a co-innovation center that will help BIAL create an airport of the future at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport). The center will incubate and develop digital solutions using future-ready technologies to provide more engaging passenger experience.

BIAL has embarked on an ambitious journey to create a digitized and intuitive destination airport for travelers. Accenture will help define a digital roadmap for BIAL and develop tailor made solutions using a combination of digital technologies including Internet of Things, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, in addition to social and mobile platforms.

The focus of the digital transformation is to improve the traveler’s journey, create new revenue opportunities and realize operational efficiencies through an agile approach for BIAL and its business partners.

The BIAL-Accenture Co-Innovation Centre will be located at the airport. Drawing on Accenture’s travel and aviation expertise, the center will incubate ideas identified in the digital roadmap. It will also involve current and new ecosystem partners as well as start-ups from BIAL and Accenture’s networks. This center will tap the Accenture Innovation Architecture, focused on the travel industry.

Executive Director and President of BIAL Hari Marar said: “BIAL is moving forward into the next phase of its digital transformation journey. We understand that it is key for our business to reflect the new reality of the industry in which we operate. In today’s digitally agile world, customers expect us to be completely aware and in tune with their needs to enable more intelligent interactions.”

“Working with Accenture will help us embrace this shift and build a powerful experience that will continue to transform our airport’s culture and enhance the customer’s airport experience by introducing innovative and interactive digital solutions. Ultimately, our aim is to create greater value for our passengers,” he added.

“The digital, on-demand economy has changed customer expectations across industries, and is creating brand new opportunities for airports at the center of the global travel experience,” said Anindya Basu, country managing director, Accenture in India. “We are excited about joining BIAL in its digital innovation journey, helping deliver a frictionless travel experience to today’s digitally savvy consumers.”

About Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru
Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru is the first Greenfield airport in India to be built as a private-public partnership. It is operated by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), where private promoters hold 74% (Fairfax 48% and Siemens Projects Ventures 26%) stake in BIAL, while the government holds the remaining 26% (Karnataka State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited – 13%, Airport Authority of India – 13%). The Airport began operations in May 2008 and has significantly enhanced the regional and worldwide air connectivity of Bengaluru and Karnataka. It is currently the busiest airport in South India and the third largest in the country – having served 22.8 million passengers in FY 2016-17. Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru has been adjudged as the ‘Best Regional Airport in India & Central Asia’ by Skytrax in 2017. For more information log on to www.bengaluruairport.com

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 411,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com .
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Contacts:

Archana Muthappa
BIAL
+ | 91 9538882761

Saroj Mari  Joseph
BIAL
+91 9538882041

Girish Bhosle
Accenture
+ 91 98920 27679
girish.bhosle@accenture.com