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The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport.
The main passenger terminal building at Bangalore Airport. Photo is copyrighted. Used with permission.

Bangalore wants to be India’s first full biometric entry and boarding airport

Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport is trying to become India’s first fully biometric airport by the end of next year.

Under this system, a passenger enters their Aadhaar UID number when booking their travel. The passenger can enter the airport, check-in, pass through security, and board the aircraft using their stored biometric information like fingerprints. There will be no need for paper tickets or boarding passes nor the need for a physical identification document. This will apply to domestic travel. For international travel a passport is still required.

As per a series of tweets here, here and here by airport worker Sandeep Rao, the airport has successfully conducted trials of its Aadhaar Enabled Entry and Biometric Boarding System (AEEBBS).

Biometric entry and boarding system at Bengaluru airport
Biometric entry and boarding system at Bengaluru airport

The airport already has electronic gates that underwent trials in May this year. We shall attempt to find out the results and implementation of that project.

Time-table for AEEBBS

The system is ready for full deployment with a target completion date of end 2018. The BIAL Innovation Lab (BAL) is working with the Ministry of Civil Aviation who is developing a national policy on biometric enabled airport entry and boarding.

Aadhaar based biometric entry and boarding system time-line at Bengaluru Kempegowda airport.
Aadhaar based biometric entry and boarding system time-line at Bengaluru Kempegowda airport.

Seamless passage

The challenge for airport operator Bengaluru International Airport Ltd., it to convince the various security agencies. If they are successful, it will be a seamless and swift experience. Bengaluru is the centre of innovation in India, and it is natural that the airport adopt the latest technologies.

Additional identity verification

Adopting biometric identification will also add more security in the travel process. Today, for domestic travel within India, identity is verified when the passenger enters the airport. On rare occasion airlines verify identity at check-in. Identity is not verified against the boarding pass, either at the time of security check or at aircraft boarding.

Benefits of biometric entry and boarding system

Benefits of the biometric entry and boarding system
Benefits of the AEEBBS

Share your thoughts

What are your thoughts on these developments? Do you think this project will be a success? Even today, the CISF is required to demand paper boarding passes as they need to stamp them to prove you have crossed security. What about the right to privacy? What safeguards will be in place?

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About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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