Team Led by Denver International Airport Wins Prestigious Innovation Competition for Emergency Notification System Concept

Published on : Friday, December 11, 2015

Denver International Airport CEO Kim DayA team led by Denver International Airport (DEN) has won a prestigious national innovations award for the development of an emergency communications system concept that could one day be applied to airports across the country.


The 2015 Airport Consultants Council (ACC) Young Professionals Innovation Competition, sponsored by the Arnold W. Thompson Charitable Trust, encourages innovative thinking among young professionals who are involved in the development and operations of airports. The competition judges entries based on originality, potential value to the airport development industry, feasibility, presentation quality and teamwork. Participants must also be 35 or younger.


The winning team was led by DEN project manager Megan Moser, along with DEN project engineer David McLeod, Iron Horse Architects project architect Courtney Brand, and Jensen Hughes fire protection engineer Julie Buffam.


The team’s submission, “Emergency Communication Systems,” proposes the development of a universal emergency communication system that could be used at airports throughout the world via a mobile notification system that would send an emergency message to people within a certain geographic area from the airport. The team’s proposal also included the development of a mobile app that would guide users to amenities such as shelter, life-safety equipment, transportation and lodging.


“We are very proud of this team of young professionals for their creative thinking about how technology can improve the passenger experience at airports around the world,” said airport CEO Kim Day. “We are currently vetting their work for potential implementation, as we strive to keep DEN at the forefront of innovation.”


Each of the winning team members will receive a cash prize of $500 and the opportunity to present their concept at the 2016 ACC/American Association of Airport Executives Airport Planning, Design and Construction Symposium held in Salt Lake City, Utah in March 2016.


“We are extremely thrilled to have DEN work with ACC members as a team on this growing international competition,” said ACC President T.J. Schulz. “We were impressed by the outcome of the project. It is a testament to the team’s innovative thinking and speaks to the role our future leaders will have in shaping and transforming the airport development industry.”



Source:- Denver International Airport


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