LabCampus: Munich Airport plans groundbreaking innovation campus

The Airport City at Munich Airport is expanding: 500.000 square meters, the LabCampus is being built on a site owned by Flughafen Munchen GmbH. The forward-looking concept of the LabCampus is bursting with innovation.

The starting signal for the innovation campus was given on 8. March 2018 at a launch event held. The LabCampus being built at Munich Airport is intended to function as a cross-sector innovation location at the airport. In the north of the Bavarian capital, Flughafen Munchen GmbH (FMG) is opening up 500 new parking spaces.000 square meters belonging to the airport operator. In the first of four quarters alone, according to FMG, there will be 120.000 square meters 4.000 employees can be accommodated. The first buildings will be ready for occupancy from 2021, the airport announces.

Three architect offices

Three architectural firms are responsible for the LabCampus master plan: KCAP B.V. (Netherlands), Studio Vulkan Landschaftsarchitektur GmbH (based in Zurich, office in Munich) and MLAB Srl, Systematica Mobility ThinkLab MLab (Italy).

LabCampus in the Erdinger Moos

For Munich Airport's Innovation Campus in Erdinger Moos, which aims to bring together companies, research institutes, creative minds, investors and start-ups, Flughafen Munchen GmbH itself became the founder: LabCampus GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of FMG, which is located a good ten kilometers from the gates of Freising.

At the LabCampus, players want to develop, test and present ideas, innovative products and services near the airport. For 150.000 people per day – passengers, visitors and employees – are a highly attractive target group and represent potential customers and business partners as well as visitors for the LabCampus.

After opening, the founded LabCampus GmbH offers customer-specific, targeted services for the entire chain of the innovation process: from the idea to market maturity. The service packages that can be booked can be individually put together.

In keeping with the motto of many start-up founders – think big, think big – LabCampus also sets itself big, global goals: LabCampus GmbH is using the "Future Travel Experience Global 2018" in Las Vegas in September 2018 as a stage to publicize the innovation offering for start-ups at Munich Airport, among others, in North America.

How a start-up defines itself?

A start-up (from the English: to found, to set in motion) is characterized by the fact that, as a young company, it is still in the formation and initial phase. The key is an innovative business idea, ideally with a unique selling proposition (USP).

The Federal Association of German Startups e.V. in its "German Startup Monitor 2017" defines a startup as follows: It is younger than ten years, is (highly) innovative with its technology and/or business model, and has or aims to have significant employee and/or revenue growth.

Urban, inspiring and modern

The world of work, in startups and corporations alike, is changing toward greater agility. The innovation campus will therefore feature flexible work and test environments that promote interaction and collaboration. The hotel offer is aimed at customers and partners. Temporary work teams find a temporary home in long-stay apartments. In addition to new trends in work, the work-life balance is also high on the agenda. Cultural and entertainment facilities, refreshment stops and fitness options invite people to take a break from their busy lives.

The airport of the future

The working and leisure worlds of LabCampus are complemented by a partnership between Siemens AG and Flughafen Munchen GmbH. Together, the two companies want to shape the digital future of Munich Airport as Bavaria's gateway to the world. The Siemens press office reports that the innovation fields envisaged are mobility, energy management and security. Systems enable intelligent control of passenger flows and seamless tracking of baggage. Autonomous buses are also to provide local public transport on the airport site, according to Siemens AG's headquarters in Munich.

Competence center against cybercrime

But modern mobility, energy and security systems harbor a potential vulnerability: they are open to attack. In order to fend off cyber attacks from the Internet, Munich Airport opened a new security center on 31 December. January 2018 its "Information Security Hub". Experts in the competence center develop defense strategies against cybercrime and search for solutions to detect attacks from the Internet early and successfully defend against them.

The security facility is not only intended to protect Munich Airport as a critical public infrastructure. Companies and government agencies, as well as other institutions, can also train their experts in cyber security at the center. This will benefit, for example, the future companies of the LabCampus in the neighborhood.

The north of Munich is booming

The Innovation Campus is located in an economically strong location in the north of the Munich metropolitan region. The NordAllianz there forms the corridor between Munich's city center and the airport, according to its own information. Eight communities have joined forces in the NordAllianz: Eching, Hallbergmoos, Ismaning, Neufahrn, Unterschleibheim, Oberschliebheim, Unterfohring and Garching. The alliance is also tackling the issue of affordable housing for local residents.

Research in Garching

One of the eight communities is Garching. Many Munich residents are familiar with the "Garching-Forschungszentrum" stop on subway line 6. The good public transport connection is also necessary for the location. According to its own information, the Garching campus employs more than 7.500 employees. In addition, there are more than twice as many students: about 16.000. The Garching research campus is one of the largest centers for science, research and teaching in Germany. Among the scientific and technical research institutes is the European Southern Observatory, among many others.

Television in Unterfohring

In addition to research, media companies are also based in the NordAllianz communities. The community of Unterfohring is one of the most important media locations in Germany. This is where, for example, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE. In addition to ProSiebenSat.1 Media is also the pay channel Sky Deutschland Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG is located in the appropriately named "Medienallee".

Autonomous driving in Unterschleibheim

One of the latest examples of economic growth in Munich's north: In April 2018, the BMW Group opened its campus for autonomous driving in Unterschleibheim. Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft, headquartered in Munich, is thus bundling its development competencies for driver assistance systems and high- and low-performance vehicles. fully automated driving at one location, communicates the automotive group. The campus creates space for 1.800 employees.

The question remains: Where will all the employees of the companies and the LabCampus being built at Munich Airport live – at acceptable prices and as close as possible to their workplaces?? A challenge in the already booming metropolitan region of Munich, which is further developing with the spectacular LabCampus.

But the LabCampus is an opportunity to create solutions to problems through innovative products and services brought to market maturity on the campus.

One example of a new construction project in the north of Munich that is creating condominiums near the airport is "arrival1 Freising". BPD Immobilienentwicklung GmbH Munich branch realizes 81 new condominiums.

Around ten kilometers from Munich Airport, 81 condominiums are being built in the new "arrival1 Freising" development project by BPD Immobilienentwicklung GmbH's Munich branch

Around ten kilometers from Munich Airport, 81 condominiums are being built in the new "arrival1 Freising" project by BPD Immobilienentwicklung GmbH Munich Branch (Photo: BPD Immobilienentwicklung GmbH Munich Branch).

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