Thursday, November 14, 2019

Soon, desi flyers to skip immigration line at Bengaluru airport

Bengaluru: Indian citizens arriving at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) may soon need not wait in immigration queues to get their passports stamped. The Bangalore International Airport Pvt Ltd has proposed to do a proof of concept project by developing technology where Indians flying back to the country will simply need to use their biometrics like an iris scan to register their arrival.
Since immigration has a unified database, the passport will get digitally stamped and contain the same information as the physical stamp. The proposal, BIAL MD & CEO Hari K Marar said, has been sent to the Bureau of Immigration. If accepted, the proposal could radically change the experience of Indians by doing away with the need to stand in queues.
Biometrics to be used for returning Indians
The wait time for foreign citizens would consequently be reduced as well with the queues shortened. “A big problem in airports is queues that can be tackled with smart technology. In some countries like Singapore and Australia, citizens of those countries do not need to stop to get their passports stamped when they fly in from abroad. They simply present their iris (for biometrics) and walk through. Almost 75-80% of international passengers flying into India are Indian citizens in airports like Delhi, Mumbai and others. Imagine if all of them could walk through!” Marar said.
“We have written to the Bureau of Immigration, offering to do a proof of concept at our expense at Bengaluru airport. We will develop the technology platform for using biometrics to do immigration of Indian (passport holders) flying back to the country. We will use any biometric like thumb or palm print or iris for the purpose,” he said.
14/11/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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