Qatar Open Innovation (QOI), the flagship programme of the Qatar Research, Development and Innovation (QRDI) Council – recently announced three Innovation Opportunities in collaboration with MATAR. 

QRDI Council has partnered with MATAR, the Qatar Company for Airports Operation and Management, to drive innovation and tackle three innovation challenges aimed at finding groundbreaking solutions to critical issues faced by the aviation and sustainability industries.

Playing a critical role in managing and operating Hamad International Airport (DOH) since the facility’s inception in 2014, MATAR continues to elevate the aviation industry with its renowned forward plans and investments – winning multiple awards and accolades in the process.

According to QRDI Council RDI Program Director Haya Al-Ghanim, their mission is to support the sustainable management of Qatar’s innovation echo systems through research and technological solutions.

She said they are excited to collaborate with MATAR to increase accessibility for persons with disabilities, enhance the customer experience in car parking facilities, and enable predictive management capabilities for asset-intensive industries.

Suhail Kamil Kadri, Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation at HIA, said that through their collaboration with QRDI Council, they are pioneering a transformation that embraces the power of innovation to shape a brighter future for all.

Three innovation challenges from MATAR

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MATAR is presenting three exciting innovation challenges this year.

Indoor Navigation Wayfinder for Customers with Disabilities

The first challenge calls for proposals to develop an indoor navigation wayfinder to improve accessibility and reduce stress for persons with disabilities. This innovative solution will assist individuals with motor impairments, mental disorders, anxiety, or hearing impairments to navigate complex locations, such as convention centres, shopping malls, and airports.

Predictive Asset Replacement for Infrastructure-Centric Industries

The second challenge seeks proposals for developing a recommendation system that predicts when HVAC, electrical, electronics, mechanical and other assets should be replaced. This solution will consider asset reliability, availability, economic numerical parameters, qualitative asset conditions and regulatory parameters influencing asset replacement strategies. The aim is to optimise asset use and improve asset management in various industries, including airports, seaports, mining, oil, and gas companies.

Automated Car Parking Access and Payment Systems

The third challenge focuses on creating a touchless, paperless and cashless solution to enhance customer experience while using car parking facilities in public and commercial spaces. This technology will alleviate inconveniences related to ticketing systems and improve parking operation efficiency and environmental sustainability.

Participants in the challenges will be able to scale up their proof of concept, engage in joint development, secure supplier agreements and potentially acquire licensing agreements.

Interested parties may submit their proposals by 6 October. For more information, visit

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