Vancouver International Airport opens new hub for technology research

The lab will be used by BCIT students and faculty members

Vancouver International Airport | Photo: MJ_Prototype/Getty Images

A new research lab at the Vancouver International Airport is opening up for BCIT students and faculty to learn about new technology and technological processes in the airline industry.

YVR and the BCIT’s Centre for Internet of Things have partnered to create the Innovation Hub with the goal of encouraging innovation and growth in B.C.

The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, refers to physical devices such as cell phones or computers that are connected to the internet, collecting and sharing information.

BCIT’S Centre for Internet of Things works with emerging technology and digital transformation and it has recently begun researching how sensors that are added to electronic devices can increase their level of digital intelligence. As a result, devices can possibly communicate data without involving a human being.

“As we look to the future in a post-pandemic world, we see a real opportunity to drive innovation for the whole region,” said Lynette Dujohn, YVR’s vice-president of innovation and chief information officer.

“A focus of the Innovation Hub is collaborating with the community as we work towards turning our innovations into reality, which is why we are thrilled to be partnering with BCIT.”

Kim Dotto, dean of applied research and the centre for research and innovation at BCIT, said they are excited to partner with YVR on this project.

“We are excited to share our technical expertise with YVR - our students will gain real-world experience exploring the endless possibilities for innovation advancement in this new living lab,” said Dotto.

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