Bengaluru to be first Aadhaar-enabled airport in the country


Bengaluru: The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has given push to its plan to make Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) the country’s first airport to have complete Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric boarding system, after a two-month pilot project in February.

According to reports, the airport is expected to be completely Aadhaar-enabled by December 2018, and the initiative is in line with its endeavours to become a Smart Airport—a digitized, seamlessly connected and intuitive one.

BIAL wants to tap benefits of using Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric e-boarding process to confirm the personal identity for airport passenger processing and access control among other things. The process enables a passenger to be verified in less than five seconds at every checkpoint right up to the boarding gate, completing the screening process in 10 minutes compared to the average 25 minutes. This helps more passengers enter through the same gate.

According to the RFP, issued on October 3, BIAL has set a 325-day deadline to implement the new system. By March 30, 2018, the project will go live as far as airport entry is concerned, and in another 90 days, under phase-2, all domestic airlines will be roped to make phase-2 live.

By October 4, 2018, even those boarding international airline flights will be able to access the new system and by December 31, 2018, the project will be complete.

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