Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport is all set to become the world’s first metaverse-friendly airport. In an announcement, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) announced that this is the first airport terminal in the world to give a metaverse experience to flyers.
“Built in collaboration with Amazon Web Services and Polygon, the BLR Metaport offers an immersive, three-dimensional (3D) virtual experience of the newly launched Terminal 2 at BLR Airport. Interested travellers and the public can log on to www.blrmetaport.com and virtually tour and navigate the new state of the art terminal, using their smart devices,” said BIAL in a statement.
The BLR Metaport is an outcome of the Joint Innovation Centre, announced in April 2022 by BIAL, AWS, and Intel. The JIC focuses on driving the development and adoption of digital solutions in aviation. is designed to deliver an enhanced digital experience for travelers. A 3D interface will offer customers new ways to interact with the airport, such as checking into flights, navigating terminals, shopping, and social aspects like connecting with other travellers, it was stated.
BLR Metaport is built on the fundamentals of decentralisation, where control and decision-making are transferred from a centralised entity to a distributed network, the statement said. The estimated cost of constructing the first phase of terminal 2 is reportedly ₹13,000 crore, and it will have a built-up area of roughly 2.5 lakh square metres.
On November 11, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the latest terminal 2 at Kempegowda International Airport. The first phase of the new terminal is expected to serve 25 million passengers a year.