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First in Asia: Facial recognition technology at Bengaluru airport

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    20th Sep, 2018

Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru is set to become thefirst airport in Asia (and largest in the world) to introduce face recognitionas the boarding procedure for passengers to board flights and move across different sections of the ai

Introduction

Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru is set to become thefirst airport in Asia (and largest in the world) to introduce face recognitionas the boarding procedure for passengers to board flights and move across different sections of the airport from 2019.

  • The project will be implemented by Vision Box, a Portuguese software firm.
  • The first implementation of this system at KIA will be completed in the first quarter of 2019, with Jet Airways, Air Asia and Spice-Jet passengers as its initial users.

Significance

  • Paperless boarding: The goal of the programme is to simplify the journey by making it paperless from registration to boarding.
  • 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.
  • This new system will simplify the journey of air passengers by making it hassle free.
  • This will also be one of the most prominent steps toward Digital India initiative of Government of India.
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