Saturday, January 23, 2021

'Digital transformation helped BIAL deal better with Covid'

At Adobe's Experience Makers India 2020 event, Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) chief strategy and development officer Satyaki Raghunath spoke about the airport's digital transformation with Gowthamram Nallan of Adobe. He shared how the digital initiatives taken by the country's third-largest airport helped it deal better with the Pandemic.

Raghunath started with sharing statistics about the BIAL airport, how it has been one of the fastest growing airports in the world with almost 20% year-on-year growth. Started in 2008, it witnessed a footfall of 9 million passengers in the first year itself. By BIAL’s 10th anniversary in 2018, traffic volume had tripled to around 27 million passengers. It is said to have witnessed a footfall of 33.3 million travellers in 2018-19.

“In the infrastructure business, you can’t always build your way out of a problem” said Raghunath. This made the company embark on its digital transformation journey. BIAL initially teamed up with Accenture in this journey. This followed the partnership with Adobe to help support BIAL across platforms. The aim being: Enhancing customer experience; improve operational efficiency and boost revenue generation.

BIAL, as per Raghunath, rolled out four platforms and is set to kickstart the fifth one. These include Business Analytics and Data Intelligence Platform that brings together all the data (operations, commercial, financials, etc) to provide a clear overview of what’s happening; website and mobile application re-architecture and integration into data platform; biometric boarding platform (also known as DigiYatra); and fourth is process automation.

23/01/21 Times of India

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