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#CloseUp: Lithuanian Airports x InnerBox

Updated: 5 days ago


Today we are talking with two more GovTech Challenge Series participants who are trying to bring innovation to the public sector - Arminas and Ričardas. Arminas Grigonis is the Head of Development and Maintenance of Technology at Lithuanian Airports and has proposed a challenge that aims to automate real-time plane movement tracking in Lithuanian Airports. Ričardas Jaščemskas represents Innerbox, a team that specialises in process automation and predictive analytics. Let's read more on what kind of innovative solution they are co-creating and what tips do they have to share!

Tell us more about your submitted challenge for GovTech Challenge Series 2.0 and how could it solve a social or public sector problem?


Arminas: In a nutshell, Lithuanian Airports are collecting some specific data on each plane's movements and procedures (such as boarding, refuelling, loading the baggage, charging, landing or taking-off) manually and storing all of it in inner organisation systems. Collecting real time information manually can lead to human error, also human resources are wasted where automation could help, and data collected is limited in its quality and extensiveness. Therefore, we feel the need to look for the new approach, automation and possible AI involvement to this exact situation, which by the way is quite common at a number of airports around the globe.


We must be honest – it’s currently a very early stage of the solution which was done by InnerBox but it is really promising. There are some technological challenges which we hope our partnership will overcome in the coming few months and in later stages.


Why is it important to create innovative solutions that could be applied in the public sector?


Arminas: There is no question about it - we strongly believe public sector companies such as we are in many cases might be like a blueprint example of technological changes even for the private sector.


Lithuanian Airports are one of the most effective public sector companies in the country, and we constantly looking for possible ways to improve that once again. It is really a part of our organisational culture and strategy - somebody could call it “our DNA”. At the end of the day – our final goal as a company is to generate value for the countries’ budget, which might be done throughout many ways where one of the most important is technological improvements and automation.


Do you have any tips for creators who want to work with the public sector?


Be creative, be specific, be flexible. - Arminas Grigonis -

Tell us more about your submitted solution for GovTech Challenge Series 2.0 and how could it solve a social or public sector problem?

Ričardas: Our proposed solution is aimed at the automatization of airport ground procedures. Part of the aircraft ground tracking is still being done by hand, using spreadsheets, which increases the chance of errors and prevents more efficient optimisation. Solution by InnerBox combines several AI algorithms using deep learning methods that would help identify and track aircraft on the ground, automatically using video feeds and provide detailed data for possible increases in efficiency.  

Why is it important to create innovative solutions that could be applied in the public sector?

Ričardas: Innovative solutions for the public sector can lead to better efficiency in many areas which affect people’s lives in different ways. Technologies, processes and AI solutions often are created in private sector or experimental scientific environments, and such opportunities to use them in real life public solutions can enhance the cooperation of private, academic and public sectors, thus leading to a better and safer environment for everyone.  

Innovative solutions for the public sector can lead to better efficiency in many areas which affect people’s lives in different ways.

Do you have any tips for other creators who want to work with the public sector? 

Ričardas: It is important to closely follow the academic achievements in any chosen field and try to find ways to use the findings for applicable solutions. As in our case, the methods in the proposed solution have been researched and proven by several academic studies. 

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