Doha, Qatar: The aviation industry is slowly emerging from the deep slumber of the pandemic and with the ongoing regulatory changes, airports are looking to more efficient operations than ever before to enhance the comfort and safety of passengers.
EMMA Systems, an AI-powered airport management system provider, works with aviation stakeholders to increase the efficiency and sustainability of their operations by optimizing aircraft turnaround procedures and reducing delays and fuel waste. Streamlined operation contributes to passenger preferences, such as the timely arrival and departure of aircraft, quicker check-in procedures and smooth navigation to gates, or to the baggage retrieval area.
Adapted to each airport’s unique operating procedures, the EMMA (which stands for Environmental and Movement Monitoring for Airports) systems created a new standard for internal airport system communications. Its centralized cloud based dashboard visualizes live data providing a secure and centralized view of entire airport operations – resulting in safer, more efficient and more integrated operations.
Recalling the early 2010s when EMMA Systems was born, CEO and Co-Founder, Wissam Kostandi, said: “We deployed the first version of EMMA at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport, which was later launched by Skytrax in 2021. Was crowned the ‘Best Airport in the World’, which enhanced our recognition in the industry.”
Since then, EMMA has initially received support from the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) Product Development Fund (PDF) for the development of its technology, and later from the Tech Venture Fund (TVF) to continue its business efforts. received investment.
“Qatar is a springboard for startups. It is a small country with big, world-class projects and startup-friendly programs. Once QSTP invested in us, they became part of EMMA. He didn’t ask ‘How are you?’, but ‘How are you?’ We Work?’. It was important to have an institutional partner to help us navigate the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurial journey at each stage,” Costandi said. “The Tech Venture Fund essentially allowed us to double the commercial outreach and invest in sales and marketing.”
Since then, the company has grown significantly and its pipeline has expanded around the world.
After successfully navigating the challenges of working through the pandemic, the startup has secured deployment at Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) and its network is set to expand even further soon.
“Another 25 global airports are in the pipeline for us. We saw that things came to a halt given the impact of the pandemic on aviation and we were disappointed; However, air traffic is slowly returning to normal, and we have seen a renewed interest in solutions that can help improve airport efficiency and stability,” commented Costandi.
Like EMMA Systems, promising entrepreneurs and innovative startups find their seed-stage funding and follow-on capital with the QSTP Tech Venture Fund, a strategic venture capital fund designed to support Qatar’s growing technology and innovation ecosystem. Designed to target the growing regional and global market.
To apply and learn more about QSTP’s TVF, please visit: https://qstp.org.qa/tech-venture-fund/
To learn more about EMMA Systems, please visit: https://emma.aero/
Qatar Science and Technology Park
Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), part of the Qatar Foundation for Research, Development and Innovation (QF RDI), is a free zone, accelerator and incubator for tech-product development in Qatar. The park fosters an innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Qatar that works to accelerate the commercialization of market-ready technologies to realize Qatar’s national diversification drive.
The focus of the QSTP is on four broad themes, including energy, environment, health sciences and information and communication technology (ICT), in line with the Qatar National Research Strategy announced in 2012.
Located in the Qatar Foundation’s Education City, QSTP has access to significant resources from a group of leading research universities. QSTP’s Free Zone members include small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), international corporations and research institutions. They are collectively committed to investing in new technology development programs, building intellectual property, enhancing technology management skills, and developing innovative new products.
QSTP supports the economic and human development objectives of the QF RDI for Qatar and is increasingly recognized as an international center for applied research, innovation, incubation and entrepreneurship.
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Qatar Foundation Research, Development and Innovation (QF RDI)
The role of the Qatar Foundation Research, Development and Innovation (QF RDI) Division is to play an integral role in identifying and addressing challenges and opportunities in ICT, energy, environment and healthcare in alignment with Qatar’s national RDI strategy and priorities . QF RDI is at the forefront of Qatar’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, accelerating economic growth by supporting the commercialization of market-ready technologies and facilitating the creation of new high-tech products and services.
The QF RDI Qatar Foundation (QF) is responsible for translating Qatar’s national RDI strategy into specific initiatives and actions for RDI entities. It also directs their efforts in relation to economic value creation, knowledge transfer and establishment of mutually beneficial national and international RDI partnerships. To ensure that these efforts deliver maximum impact, the QF Vice President for Research, Development and Innovation Plans coordinates and oversees all RDI-related activities at QF.
Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar in its journey to become a diverse and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs in its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, research and development, and community development.
QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Father Amir and His Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision of providing quality education to Qatar. Today, QF’s world-class education system provides lifelong learning opportunities up to doctoral level to community members as young as six months old, enabling graduates to grow in a global environment and contribute to the development of the country.
QF is also building a multidisciplinary innovation center in Qatar, where domestic researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By fostering a culture of fostering lifelong learning and social engagement through programs that incorporate Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.
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