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Kempegowda to Become India’s 1st Aadhaar enabled Smart Airport

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • October 10, 2017
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After a two-month pilot project in February, the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has given a push to its plan to make Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) the country’s first airport to have complete Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric boarding system. According to the Request For Proposal (RFP) issued by BIAL, the airport is expected to be completely Aadhaar-enabled by December 2018, and the initiative is in line with its endeavours to become a Smart Airport—a digitized, seamlessly connected and intuitive one.

All passengers boarding international flights will be able to benefit from the new entry system by October 2018. The Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric e-boarding system are expected to quicken the process of confirmation and validation of personal identity for airport passengers. It will enable authorities at the airport to completion of verification in under five seconds at every checkpoint until the boarding gate, bringing down the current 25 minutes of screening to under 10 minutes.

BIAL executive director and president Hari Marar said the new move will speed up the validation process and provide a significant increase in security. The use of biometrics will soon be the only verification required at each passenger touch-point and will go a long way in improving the flow of passengers, providing a better travel experience as well as greater operational visibility for stakeholders, he added.

A Smart Airport is the one which is fully digitised, seamlessly connected and intuitive airport. According to BIAL, this process will help a passenger be verified within 5 seconds at every checkpoint from the entry to the boarding gate.


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