Bengaluru to host India's first Aadhaar-enabled airport
10 October 2017 13:02 GMT

An airport in Bengaluru will be the first in the country to deploy biometric technology linked to India's Aadhaar unique ID project.

The state's Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) will have complete Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric boarding system, according to the Request For Proposal (RFP) issued by Bangalore International Airport Limited (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. 

BIAL wants to tap benefits of using Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric e-boarding process to confirm personal identity for airport passenger processing and access control among other things. The process enables a passenger to be verified in under five seconds at every checkpoint right up to the boarding gate, completing the screening process in 10 minutes compared to the average 25 minutes. This helps more passengers enter through the same gate. 

"With real-time authentication of passengers, entry using biometric readers can enhance security, speed up clearance and alleviate delays at the airport. In addition to eliminating the need for passengers to present their ID and boarding passes at multiple stages of the airport journey, passengers can expect passage through various touch-points to be smooth and stress free," a spokesperson said. 

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 key driver to creating an airport-of-the-future is to embrace technologies that simplify, streamline and enhance travel processes. And as we continue to see exponential growth in passenger traffic, there's an urgency to implement systems that allow quicker transit time, ensuring the smooth ingress and egress of passengers, " Marar said.