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The Innovation Hub at YVR

About YVR's Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub plays an active role in supporting the airport’s new path forward of being more than just an airport. This is done by utilizing the airport as a dynamic platform to test and trial new and sustainable technologies to support the innovation sector. Through the Innovation Hub, YVR adopts an ecosystem approach to connect higher education, regulatory bodies, small/medium businesses, industry partners, commercial enterprises, advisory groups, the public sector, and indigenous communities.

This dynamic network collaborates under the Innovation Hub to create and capture new value for the aviation industry, as well as the community that we serve and the economy that supports it. 


YVR’s Digital Twin 

YVR’s Digital Twin is exactly what it sounds like — a virtual, real-time interactive representation of YVR’s terminal and airfield, as well as Sea Island and Musqueam lands. Serving as the Innovation Hub's digital learning environment, YVR's Digital Twin continually adapts to navigate the challenges of our ever-evolving world. Beyond our airport, YVR’s Digital Twin is a resource open to the broader aviation market, empowering other airports to advance their digital transformation.

As one of the first major markers to come out of the Innovation Hub at YVR, the YVR Digital Twin is a powerful tool which acts as the digital heart and soul of the airport. Currently available to all 800+ YVR employees on their IOS devices and desktop computers, the YVR Digital Twin facilitates optimization by seamlessly integrating sensors, historical records, and real-time data into its platform. Through the strategic visualization of data in 2D and 3D, the YVR Digital Twin enables better and faster data-driven decision-making and collaboration, setting a new standard in airport efficiency.

YVR’s Digital Twin platform has been developed in collaboration with Unity, the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D (RT3D) content and Vancouver-based GeoSim Cities, experts in large-scale precision 3D modelling.

To learn more about the YVR Digital Twin, please contact us at: [email protected].

Indigenous Connection and Learning Opportunities

As part of YVR’s journey to Reconciliation, the Innovation Hub at YVR is dedicated to creating avenues that promote digital equity and foster Indigenous engagement in the world of innovation. We are achieving this goal by providing skills development and employment opportunities for Indigenous communities across Canada in collaboration with partners such as the First Nations Technology Council and Unity Technology.

Higher Education Collaboration

YVR is collaborating with academia to create real-world opportunities for students to learn, collaborate and apply their industry-driven ideas within the innovation and technology environment at YVR. YVR has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) focused on the Centre for Internet of Things (IoT) and broader innovation initiatives. This living lab serves as a platform for students to actively address and respond to industry challenges directly within the airport's operational context. This approach not only enriches the educational experience but also contributes to practical solutions and advancements in the aviation and technology sectors. Integrated Marketplace Program

Integrated Marketplace Program 

YVR is the first testbed as part of the Province’s Integrated Marketplace Program (IM), linking the airport to B.C. based clean-technology companies that can help electrify the airport’s operations to meet its net zero carbon commitments. Through YVR's partnership with IM, the airport has discovered a multitude of opportunities to bolster the resilience and growth of BC's technology sector while advancing the airport’s strategic priorities.

Want to get involved?

At YVR we have a dedicated innovation team who are keen to collaborate with academia, aviation partners, big and small tech companies, made-in-BC start-ups and Indigenous communities. If you have ideas and/or a solution for YVR’s Innovation Hub, contact us through [email protected]. The Innovation Team will respond if there’s a collaboration opportunity.

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