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From Aadhaar Enabled Entry to Biometric Boarding, Kempegowda to Become India’s 1st Smart Airport

From Aadhaar-enabled entry to biometric boarding systems, the rationale behind the move is to transform it into the country’s first smart airport.

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Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport is all set to become India’s first fully Aadhaar-enabled airport soon.

From Aadhaar-enabled entry to biometric boarding systems, the rationale behind the move is to transform it into the country’s first smart airport.

Kempegowda- Aadhaar enabled airport
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While the project is expected to kickstart on March 30, 2018, the stipulated timeline for the completion of the project is currently December 2018! Starting off with Kempegowda, all the other domestic airlines will be roped in after three months, reported The Economic Times.

All passengers boarding international flights will be able to benefit from the new entry system by October 2018.

The Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric e-boarding system are expected to quicken the process of confirmation and validation of personal identity for airport passengers.

It will enable authorities at the airport to completion of verification in under five seconds at every checkpoint until the boarding gate, bringing down the current 25 minutes of screening to under 10 minutes.

Speaking to the publication, a spokesperson expressed, “With real-time authentication of passengers, entry using biometric readers can enhance security, speed up clearance and alleviate delays at the airport.”


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The move will help eliminate the complete need for passengers to display their IDs and boarding pass at various checkpoints at the airport, thus making the airport journey smooth and stress-free.

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) executive director and president Hari Marar told the Times of India, “A key driver to creating an airport-of-the-future is to embrace technologies that simplify, streamline and enhance travel processes. And as we continue to see exponential growth in passenger traffic, there’s an urgency to implement systems that allow quicker transit time, ensuring the smooth ingress and egress of passengers.”

It will help passengers at KIA in the following ways:

  • Passengers will benefit with integrated travel document and identity document
  • It will help seamless access across all checkpoints at the airport
  • The waiting time will be reduced drastically.

It will benefit airport authorities and security personnel in the following ways:

  • It will facilitate time-stamped logs for each passenger for any business insight, business intelligence or forensic analysis
  • In the long run, it is expected to reduce exhaustion of resources and increase resource efficiency.
  • It will enable the authorities to create passenger profile in the future to improve operational efficiency.
  • The move will enable sustainable innovation edge.

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