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 doing away with hand baggage tags

at over a dozen airports, aviation security agencies are now planning to dump the boarding pass collection system and begin a regime of ‘express check-in’ aided by biometrics for smooth air travel.

According to the Request For Proposal (RFP) issued by BIAL, 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. The CISF is exploring the option of ‘express check-in’ aided by biometrics for smooth and hassle-free air travel for passengers. They are working on two projects. The first is how to introduce integrated security solutions at airports. They connect all dots that exist within the security establishment. They have the biometrics, video analytics and a very robust access control system. They will try to interconnect all these things in a very integrated fashion.

First Aiport In India With Paperless Boarding

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India has implemented biometric border control technology to become the nation’s first airport to provide a completely paper-less e-boarding solution. The biometric installation follows GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd’s e-boarding project pilot program . With the help of Jet Airways, the pilot project involved 7,000 international fliers testing out the new check-in method at the terminal.The Commissioner of Security Civil Aviation (CoSCA), Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), under the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has approved the process after conducting several security audits and checks. This E-Boarding Solution is in line with the PM Narendra Modi’s Digital India Vision.
How it Works: The system sends the passenger an SMS informing them about the option of e-boarding pass, 24 hours before their flight.If the passenger selects the option, the system will send a Unique Mobile Pass and a QR Code to the passenger’s registered mobile number.On the day of their flight, the passenger will be required to visit the special e-boarding machine installed near the gates and scan the QR code.Once the code is validated, the passenger will be prompted to enter his Aadhaar Card number, followed by a finger scan to validate his biometric information, which are linked with the Aadhaar Card.Once the passenger’s identity is verified, he will be able to gain access to the terminal area without having to stand in queue or getting his physical boarding pass stamped.The mandatory use of the Aadhaar Card makes the whole process more secured and safe, as the passenger’s biometric data is verified before the check-in. However, if the passenger does not have Aadhaar Card, and has opted for e-boarding facility, they will have to use the traditional paper-bound boarding procedure.

Hyderabad Airport that is completely biometric and recently saw the launch of express check-in. At the Hyderabad airport, domestic passengers after printing a boarding pass from self-service kiosks at departures forecourt area outside the terminal building, can straight head to express security check lane without getting into the check-in area and then go towards the boarding area.BIAL wants to tap benefits of using Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric e-boarding process to confirm personal identity for airport passenger processing and access control among other things. The process enables a passenger to be verified in under 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. With real-time authentication of passengers, entry using biometric readers can enhance security, speed up clearance and alleviate delays at the airport. In addition to eliminating the need for passengers to present their ID and boarding passes at multiple stages of the airport journey, passengers can expect passage through various touch-points to be smooth and stress free.The use of biometrics will soon be the only verification required at each passenger touch-point and will go a long way in improving the flow of passengers, providing a better travel experience as well as greater operational visibility for stakeholders.

Other Countries Planned / Planning “The Biometric Boarding System”

1.    Dublin Airport, Ireland: A total of 20 e-gates equipped with facial recognition technology will be installed in terminals 1 and 2 at Dublin Airport. The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has selected Vision-Box as the supplier. The award of the contract follows a successful three-year pilot using the vb i-match ABC eGate solution. E-passport holders from the European Union (EU) and Irish Passport Identification Card holders will be able to use the automated e-gates. This framework agreement with INIS strengthened our commitment to work collaboratively in more cutting-edge initiatives towards tight security, efficient border control operations and seamless travel.
2.    Hamad International Airport, Doha: Hamad International Airport (HIA) has revealed its plans to tap into a variety of new and emerging technologies as part of its “Smart Airport” vision. Passengers departing from HIA have to show their boarding pass and/or passport at multiple touch-points but the use of facial recognition technology will remove the need to present physical documents. SITA will be supplying and commissioning 62 of its latest-generation common-use check-in kiosks with self-tagging capabilities, as well as e-gates prior to border control in departures.HIA and SITA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which provides the framework for the two organisations to implement or trial biometrics, robots, blockchain, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology solutions at the Doha hub airport.
3.    Changi Airport, Singapore: The implementation of so-called “Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST)” across the terminal means that at all passenger touch-points – from check-in and bag drop to immigration and boarding – self-service and biometrics technology will help to provide passengers with a more seamless and intuitive experience.  International airports in the likes of Hong Kong and Jakarta have also invested in biometric e-gates of late, further highlighting the trend.