Bengaluru airport completes successful biometric boarding trial

Pilot linked to biometric national ID system, Aadhaar

Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru (BLR) has completed an operational trial of a biometric enabled boarding process.

Southern India’s busiest airport deployed Safran Identity & Security’s MorphoWave touchless biometric technology in a fully operational environment.

It is based on real-time biometric authentication of passengers using their Aadhaar ID. Passengers are able to complete all the airport processes from the airport entry kiosk to boarding, by using their fingerprints.

MorphoWave is a high-speed, contactless fingerprint scanner. It captures and matches fingerprints in less than one second with a single hand wave through the sensor.

The new process also improves the passengers’ travel experience by integrating the travel and identity documentation checks, thereby ensuring seamless access to all check-points at the airport, reducing waiting times and making the passenger’s journey hassle-free and paperless.

The e-boarding process is also conducted in accordance with the Indian Aviation Security Policies.

Mr. Hari Marar, President, Airport Operations, BIAL:

“At Bengaluru Airport, customer experience steers our thinking and is the foundation on which we do our business. Our aim is to transform the airport’s culture and improve our digital fluency. Biometric-enabled e-boarding is one step towards the individual owning his airport experience. We are delighted to partner with Safran Identity & Security on our digital journey to offer passengers a natural and easy experience.”

Anne Bouverot, Chair and CEO of Safran Identity & Security.

“India is really leading the world in biometric innovation and we are proud to accompany this country since the inception of the Aadhaar program. We are particularly pleased that Bengaluru Airport entrusted us with this pilot project. With them, we are redefining the travelers experience in airport thanks to the best in biometric accuracy and design efficiency.”

N.B. Image credit: Safran

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