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Friday, 07 September, 2018, 12 : 30 PM [IST]
Bengaluru Airport to have paperless biometric self-boarding technology

As per the Hindu Business Line report, Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) - operators of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) - and Vision-Box have signed an agreement to launch paperless biometric self-boarding technology, aimed at transforming passenger experience and creating future-ready airport. 

The biometric self-boarding technology will further bolster the government’s ambitious DigiYatra project, aimed at developing a digital ecosystem to provide paperless air travel. With the implementation of the biometric technology, BLR Airport will become the first airport in India to simplify the journey by making it paperless from registration to boarding. 

The biometric technology will identify passengers by their face at the airport, avoiding stops and the repeated presentation of boarding passes, passports or other physical identity documents. “Your face is your boarding pass,” said Hari Marar, Managing Director & CEO, BIAL, while describing the revolutionary technology that is set to transform air travel.  

 “Vision-Box’s biometric technology, combined with its passenger flow platform will enable a seamless journey for our passengers, without obstacles, waiting lines or hassles, from registration to boarding,” Marar added. 

The contract was signed on Wednesday in Lisbon, Portugal, between Marar and Miguel Leitmann, CEO, Vision-Box. The ceremony was attended by Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Minister of Economy Manuel Caldeira Cabral, Ambassador of India to Portugal Nandini Singla, Secretary of State of Internationalisation Eurico Bril-hante Dias, and other government representatives.  

Leitmann said, “This is the first end-to-end face recognition-based walk-through experience in Asia and the largest in the world. It is also one of the most significant steps towards the Digital India campaign endorsed by the Government.”  

The first implementation milestone at BLR Airport will be completed in the first-quarter of 2019, with Jet Airways, Air Asia and SpiceJet passengers as first users.