Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bengaluru airport to implement Aadhar identification for ticketless travelling

The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru could soon use Aadhaar for identification and allow travellers to board their airplanes without a ticket in hand, by the end of this year.

Speaking at an interaction with representatives of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) on Wednesday, Hari Marar, Managing Director and President of the Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL) confirmed that the project to use Aadhaar identification to remove the need for printed tickets and extensive security checks, was being considered.

With this, the Bengaluru airport would become the first airport in India to be completely Aadhar-enabled.

“This sort of single-token system is being attempted at other international airports globally, but it will take them another six years to develop a biometric database of their passengers. We already have a database and can kickstart it within four to six months,” said Hari Marar, managing director and president of the BIAL, speaking to The Hindu.

The project has been taken up by the innovation centre developed by Accenture and BIAL. In a two-month pilot held last year, the BIAL trials had already been conducted to showcase the features to officials from the Civic Aviation Ministry.

“After a passenger links travel documents (tickets, for instance) with Aadhaar, machines within the airport can verify the biometric signature with the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) database as well as with the airlines. Within the airport, cameras can scan the face of the commuters and open boarding gates,” Hari Marar told The Hindu.
15/02/18 News Minute