Bengaluru: The Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru has successfully launched its fully biometric self-boarding facility for passengers ‘Early Go Live’, as part of its Digi Yatra project.
The Airport has partnered with Vistara airlines on Monday launched the biometric platform technology that will enable passengers to a seamless move from registration to boarding.
After the completion of the final phase by early next year, it is expected to be the largest deployment of an end-to-end paperless biometric programme in Asia with over 350 passenger touch points at Bengaluru Airport Terminal 1.
Initially the programme will enable passengers travelling on Vistara flight UK864 from Bengaluru to Mumbai to utilize this facility without presenting travel documents at every touch point.This was made possible by the integration of Vistara’s Departure Control System (DCS) with the technology, allowing effortless processing at the entry to the terminal, passenger security screening and the boarding gate. All Vistara flights are expected to be integrated into the biometric boarding process at KIA by October 2019.
Over the next few months, this process is expected to be integrated with check-in/self-bag-drop to include other domestic and international airlines at KIA. In the final stage, this technology will be integrated with the Digi Yatra Central Platform that is currently being architectured by the Central Government’s Digi Yatra Foundation.
Passengers can simply enroll their ID and biometric data, combined with their flight details, before entering the terminal. As they travel through the airport, passengers can put their travel documents away, as they will be authenticated and verified at every touch point by state-of-the-art biometric technology. This process offers high degree of safety and security while ensuring stringent standards of privacy.
The biometric data is used only for authentication and verification of passengers to assist the boarding process and not for recognition. In addition, the passenger data is deleted within a few hours of flight completion.
“BIAL is extremely excited to rollout this Digi Yatra-based biometric technology that has the potential to make the passenger experience at the Bengaluru Airport. As the gateway to a new India, Bengaluru Airport would like to be a frontrunner amongst next-generation airport operations,” said Hari Marar, MD & CEO, BIAL.
“There is an increasing need to offer seamless experiences and, as a pioneer in the airport technology domain in India, BIAL is committed to offering innovative ways to simplify the passenger journey, while maintaining the highest standards of safety, security and privacy. A select few passengers now have the opportunity to experience this sophisticated technology as part of this rollout,” he added.
“Once the trial is over and it is integrated into the Digi Yatra Platform, the technology and process will be used extensively for seamless flow in our upcoming Terminal 2 Project as well,” Marar said.
This project is another step in the transforming passenger journeys - unleashing the power of the country’s first all-biometric flow operation, where “your face is your boarding pass”....