Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Cial plans biometric entry cards for staff

Kochi: Furthering the airport security measures, the Cochin International Airport Limited (Cial) plans to provide biometric-based Airport Entry Cards (AEC) thereby enhancing the access control of its staff and keeping track of the movement of crew members, security personnel, airline staff and ground handling agents at airport. The AEC will be foolproof and impossible to replicate, creating a mechanism for monitoring/control of the movements of personnel into airport building and terminals. The project will be implemented in line with the directions of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and according to sources, its tendering will be initiated soon.
At present, the restricted entry or exit points at the airport is manned by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and they permit access to all airport personnel entering the building after manually checking their ID cards called Airport Entry Permit (AEP). AEPs have alphabetical codes, based on which their access control to different places are validated. This will change once the new biometric pass system is implemented.
According to a Cial official, manual checking of IDs have the possibilities of human errors and it could be easily duplicated. “The terminal and airport offices are situated in a huge cluster of buildings spread across acres. The physical examination of current plastic IDs may compromise security of the airport. Unauthorized personnel can enter the premises using forged IDs. Moreover, there is no system to centrally track the movement of personnel inside the buildings and no means of knowing whether the individual is on duty. New cards will resolve these issues,” said the official.
02/07/19 Times of India
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