Groupe ADP has improved its ability to be innovative by launching the Innovation Hub programme. This involves developing a powerful ecosystem to help imagining and designing the airport of tomorrow
The Innovation Hub programme uses a systemic approach focused around three main pillars: Open, Connect, Invest.

This cross-functional approach aims at imagining new solutions, disseminating a culture of innovation throughout the Group, experimenting and implementing new products, services and operating modes in a flexible way.

Tomorrow's airport starts here


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Edward Arkwright, Edward Arkwright, Deputy CEO - Development, Engineering and Transformation
The Innovation Hub programme is a fantastic driver for transforming the culture within Groupe ADP and accelerating the marketing of new technologies and services.

In an increasingly competitive airport sector, Groupe ADP is counting on this dynamic to help us stand out, increase our competitiveness and better serve our customers, who are both passengers and airlines.

Our three parisian airports and our international airport network offer opportunities for new, innovative companies to experiment.

Innovation is cross-functional and collaborative, and is everyone's responsibility. The dedicated innovation team is available to support business lines, helping,promoting and roll-out projects that contribute to our ambition of becoming the global leader in designing, constructing and operating airports.

Edward Arkwright, Deputy CEO of Groupe ADP

Our Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub program uses a systemic approach focused on three mail pillars: Open, Connect, and Invest. This cross-functional approach strives to imagine news solutions, to disseminate a culture of innovation throughout the Group, and to trial and implement new products, services and operating modes.

OPEN: focused on propagating a culture of innovation and establishing an ecosystem of partners (incubators, academics, competition hubs, think tanks, etc) with a dedicated Innovation Area located at the heart of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

• 20 events per year
10 themed conferences
450 start-ups
15 trial per year
3 equity investments in 2017
5 partner incubators
15 experimentations per year

CONNECT: The purpose is to create partnership to test, adapt and roll-out new products and services within Groupe ADP.

INVEST: created to take minority stakes in companies in order to establish strategic partnerships through ADP INVEST, the €16 million internal fund. ADP Invest provided funding for Pacifa Decisions, Egidium Technologies and, more recently, Safety Line - a French company that analyses data for the aviation and aeronautics sectors. Groupe ADP also serves as underwriter for three complementary external funds: X-Ange Capital 2 (SIPAREX), Cathay Innovation and Ellaia Delta.

Our Innovation Program

• Develop a smart infrastructure, a digitalised airport
• Reinforce the offer of personalised services in order to create a unique experience

• Develop new services and improve connectivity
• Optimise both the connections between the city and the airport and mobility within the platform

• Implement solutions of automation process that meet the business challenges
• Re-think the passenger experience through new technologies