Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman, Dubai Airports; Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group

Conference Agenda

This two day conference offers leading airport developers and suppliers the opportunity to share expertise and knowledge on upcoming projects and developments in the region.

08:00 - 09:00Registration

09:00 - 09:10Opening Remarks

09:10 - 09:25Dubai Airports Keynote

09:25 - 09:40International Keynote

09:40 - 10:00Expo2020: Plans to meet 30 million additional passengers

  • Identifying where potential strains will occur when already over capacity
  • What are the necessary infrastructure upgrades needed around DXB and DWC?

10:00 - 10:30Panel Discussion – Get up to date on the future developments of airports in the Middle East

  • Airport privatization –increasing airline routes & meeting passenger demand
  • New project announcements across the region & plans to meet increasing passenger demand regionally
10:30 - 10:50Networking break & refreshments

10:50 - 11:10Digital Strategy: Developing a short & long term strategic plan for smart technology investment

  • Conducting a detailed review to identify areas most critical for technology investment
  • Identifying passenger demands for commercial services to enhance airport operational efficiency & meet passenger traffic growth

11:10 - 11:40Utilizing “big data” to reduce airport delays

  • Monitoring passenger movements with real-time data analytics and machine learning technology
  • Optimizing processes by predicting passengers’ flight connections success rate and how this then impacts border control & security queues
  • Overcoming the challenge of silos of data locked in legacy applications

11:40 - 12:10Artificial intelligence, automation and flight disruption

  • Creating awareness through an airport network to improve planning and execution
  • Assessing the potential for automation within your airport
12:10 - 13:10Networking lunch

13:10 - 13:40Why your airport should be looking to adopt advanced IoT technology

  • Learn more about how you can measure queues and predict waiting times through WiFi tracking
  • Maximize terminal and runway capacity through live and predictive operations

13:40 - 14:10Fully automated terminals: The future of fast & seamless travel

  • Going beyond self-service solutions to fully automated airport processes
  • From home to baggage collection without interacting with people
  • From baggage systems to passenger transport – what a fully automated terminal looks like

14:10 - 14:40Airports of the future: Evolving from near-seamless to seamless passenger experience

  • To deliver seamless travel each passenger must be able to personalize their trip; for which passenger data is critical
  • Considering the fully integrated operation strategy required to implement seamless travel
14:40 - 15:00Afternoon networking & refreshments

15:00 - 15:30Improving passenger experience with smart baggage handling systems

  • Using RFID tagging and artificial intelligence for end-to-end baggage tracking
  • Implementing processes & procedures to ensure smooth travel for airport personnel, passengers and airlines
  • Providing live updates on baggage location to reduce passenger frustration

15:30 - 16:00Digital Transformation: How can we make our airports smarter?

Implementing strategies for the integration of systems and data to drive smart decisions
Analyzing real time data is not only technically possible but is now financially viable

16:00 - 16:30Panel Discussion - Airport robotics – the future or a fad?

  • What are the new and emerging airport robotics?
  • Where can robotics create true value for the passenger?
  • Analysing the cost implications in the short and long term

17:00 - 17:05Closing remarks from Chairman

09:25 - 09:55Panel Discussion: Smart security collaboration initiatives

  • Achieving measurable improvements in security effectiveness, operational efficiency and passenger experience
  • Sharing security trials results and research from numerous stakeholders

09:55 - 10:25Showcasing Dubai’s Smart Gate; cutting the immigration process to just 10 seconds

  • Outlining how the new Dubai Smart Gate can benefit airports across the UAE region
  • Discussing the immigration benefits for shaving 7 seconds off the current e-gate system
10:25 - 10:55Morning networking break & refreshments

10:55 - 11:25Panel Discussion: Getting the right balance between security and passenger experience

  • How far can automation go in security screening?
  • Reviewing trials of biometric-enabled self-boarding & removing the need for passengers to present their travel documents
  • Allowing passengers to proceed through security checkpoints with minimal inconvenience with risk-based security screening?

11:25 - 11:55Panel Discussion: Overcoming one of the most common airport bottle necks: immigration

  • Discover the future of E-Gate technology
  • How far are we from enhanced 3D baggage scanning?
  • Smart tracking for seamless passenger flow

11:55 - 12:25Next generation screening technology & how this can significantly improve security

  • Find out how airports operators are implementing remote security screening to manage varying traffic volumes and improve efficiency
  • Standoff explosives detection – how soon could this be applicable to airports?
  • How can different screening technologies & processes can be integrated to increase security levels
12:25 - 13:25Networking lunch

13:25 - 13:55The future of biometrics

  • Biometric-enabled self-boarding, which removes the need for passengers to present their travel documents
  • Overcoming passenger pushback – effective education
  • When we will see a fully biometric airport?

13:55 - 14:25The modern airport and cyber security

  • Where assets are most vulnerable to a cyber-attack?
  • What is your risk to a cyber threat and how can it be reduced?
  • Identifying and removing insider threats

14:25 - 14:55Panel Discussion: Information and data sharing to enhance the security experience

  • Cross border data sharing and airline collaboration for smarter security
  • Are digital borders achievable? What would this look like in the future?
14:55 - 15:25Afternoon networking break

15:25 - 16:45Roundtable discussions: The future of Airport Security

These sessions have been designed to enable thought-provoking discussions in a more informal & interactive setting. Each table will be lead by an industry expert who will facilitate discussions on the hottest topics in airport security and how to stay ahead of threats!

  • Cyber threats – what’s coming next?
  • Biometrics and the future of document-less travel
  • Smart security – combatting the unexpected threats
  • Future security standards and regulations
  • Industry collaboration: Government, Airports & Airlines

16:45 - 16:55Closing remarks from Chairman






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