Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Digital entry for Calcutta airport set for March take off

Dum Dum: Calcutta airport will soon have a system where passengers need not carry physical identity cards.
The automated airport entry and check-ins without any paper-based documents will start as a pilot project by March next year, a Calcutta airport official said.
“One gate in the departure level of the terminal will be having the facility for paperless automated entry,” said airport director Kaushik Bhattacharya.
“The passenger can optionally link his or her Aadhaar to the airline at the time of booking a flight ticket and the airline will share the passenger data and identity proof with the airport. Then a bar code will be sent to the passenger’s mobile phone to help the person access the terminal building for check-in and security clearance without any paper document,” he said.
He said the gate would open automatically for the passenger once the code was provided at the entrance.
According to airport officials, the facility has been introduced on trial basis at private airports such as Hyderabad and Bangalore. In Calcutta, it will be implemented as a pilot project under the government’s Digi Yatra scheme to reduce inconvenience to passengers.
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, was the first to introduce face recognition (FR) system earlier this year on a trial basis to facilitate passenger entry into the terminal. Passengers are automatically processed based on facial recognition system at the entry gate and other check points, including the security counter.
Every day several passengers flying out of Calcutta airport are allegedly prevented from entering the terminal by security personnel as they don’t carry physical identity cards such as Aadhaar, PAN or driving licence.
14/08/19 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph

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