Bengaluru airport to use face recognition technology instead of tickets by 2019
India is going green. Indian Railway was the first governmental enterprise to go paperless back in 2011. Indian Railway's catering and tourism wing, IRCTC, introduced a mechanism wherein passengers were not required to carry a physical copy of their tickets back in October 2011. And now, nearly seven years later, Bengaluru International Airport (BAIL) has decided to take a step in the similar direction.
BAIL is planning to roll out face recognition facility for the passengers of select airlines in a bid to make the boarding process paperless. The airport operator has inked a deal with Lisbon-based biometric solutions service provider, Vision Box, to implement this technology at the airport.
"Biometric technology will identify passengers by their face as they move across the Airport, avoiding stops and the repeated presentation of boarding passes, passports or other physical identity documents," BAIL said in a press release.
With this, Bengaluru Airport will become the first airport in the country to have an end-to-end solution for paperless air travel.
"Your face is your boarding pass...Vision-Box's state-of-the-art 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," BIAL MD & CEO Hari Marar said on the occasion.
"This is the first end-to-end face recognition-based walkthrough 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. Bangalore is in the spotlight, as the modern world gateway to India," said Vision-Box CEO Miguel Leitmann commenting on the development.
Introduction of the face-recognition technology based self-boarding system will not only reduce the hassle at the airport but it will also help in boosting the government's proposed DigiYatra initiative, which aims to develop a digital ecosystem at the airports such that passengers can use their Aadhaar numbers and phone numbers for entering the airport and boarding flights.