India is going paperless, and how. The Indian Railways was the first to go paperless where you no longer need to carry a printout or physical ticket, only the SMS with PNR and your details is more than enough. Now, even flight travel is set to go paperless. Starting with Bengaluru airport in 2019, biometric technology for facial recognition will be used to verify passenger details.
The move will transform passenger experience, while also bolstering government’s DigiYatra project. It will be using the Aadhaar number and mobile phone of passengers to allow entry inside the airport, and for boarding the flight, a TOI report said.
According to a press release from Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), the technology will be used to identify passengers by their face when they move across the airport. This will eliminate the need of repeatedly presenting passport, boarding pass and other physical identity documents, thus easing the process.
BIAL will use the technology by Portuguese company Vision Box, and the contract for the same was signed in Lisbon, Portugal. “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,” Hari Marar, Managing Director and CEO of Bangalore International Airport said.
Vision-Box CEO Miguel Leitmann added, “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. Bengaluru is in the spotlight, as the modern world gateway to India.”
To begin with, end-to-end solution for paperless travel will be implemented with Jet Airways, Air Asia and SpiceJet passengers, who will be the first users.