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Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport to be Aadhaar-enabled by 2018?

By Chennabasaveshwar

The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru will become the country's first airport to have completely Aadhaar-enabled entry and biometric boarding system as the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has backed the plan.

Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport. File photo

The BIAL came to this decision after two-month pilot project which started in February.

As per Times of India report, 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.

Why is BIAL using Aadhaar?

  • 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

When will the new rule be implemented?

  • According to the Request For Proposal, issued on October 3, BIAL has set a 325-day deadline to implement the new system
  • By March 30, 2018, the project will go live as far as airport entry is concerned, and in another 90 days, under phase-2, all domestic airlines will be roped to make phase-2 live

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