Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Thumbs up: IGI plans biometric entry for staff

New Delhi: IGI is set to become India’s first airport to have biometric entry for its entire staff. Nearly 50,000 employees — working in airport functions, maintenance, shops, eateries and ground handling — will soon be allowed entry by matching their thumb impression on biometric scanners. Paper airport entry passes will be done away with.
A senior Bureau of Civil Aviation Security official said: “This should ideally kick off in a month or so for all those with permanent AEPs. We are also enhancing the validity of biometric card AEPs to three years, against the current year-long passes.” While the process will be initiated in Delhi, it will be implemented at other airports soon. “Instead of iris scan, we will use thumb impressions as the biometric entry feature,” the official said.
This project is estimated to cost Rs 15-20 crore. The Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL) did not comment on this till the time of going to press.
20/02/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India