Kerb-to-Gate Biometric Journey goes live at Bengaluru Airport


The Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru on June 22 has successfully launched the ‘Early Go Live’ of its ambitious Digi Yatra project — a fully biometric-based self-boarding solution for a seamless flow from registration to boarding. The Airport has partnered with Vistara to launch the Vision-Box developed and installed One-ID biometric platform technology that will enable passengers to breeze through Bengaluru Airport.

After the completion of the final phase by early next year, it is expected to be the largest deployment of an end-to-end paperless biometric programme in Asia with over 350 passenger touchpoints at Bengaluru Airport Terminal 1.

The first milestone of the programme will enable passengers travelling on Vistara flight UK864 from Bengaluru to Mumbai to utilise this process without presenting travel documents at every touchpoint. This was made possible by the integration of Vistara’s Departure Control System (DCS) with the technology, allowing effortless processing at the entry to the terminal, passenger security screening and the boarding gate. All Vistara flights are expected to be integrated into the biometric boarding process at Bengaluru Airport by October 2019.

Over the next few months, this process is expected to be integrated with check-in/self-bag-drop to include other domestic and international airlines at Bengaluru Airport. In the final stage, this technology will be integrated with the Digi Yatra Central Platform that is currently being architectured by the Central Government’s Digi Yatra Foundation.

Passengers can simply enrol their ID and biometric data, combined with their flight details, before entering the Terminal. As they travel through the airport, passengers can put their travel documents away, as they will be authenticated and verified at every touchpoint by state-of-the-art biometric technology. This process offers the highest degree of safety and security while ensuring stringent standards of privacy. The biometric data is used only for authentication and verification of passengers to assist the boarding process and not for recognition. In addition, the passenger data is deleted within a few hours of flight completion.

“BIAL is extremely excited to roll out this Digi Yatra-based biometric technology that has the potential to make the passenger experience at the Bengaluru Airport seamless, secure and enjoyable. As the gateway to a new India, the Bengaluru Airport would like to be a frontrunner amongst next-generation airport operations,” said Hari Marar, MD & CEO at Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL).

“There is an increasing need to offer seamless experiences and, as a pioneer in the airport technology domain in India, BIAL is committed to offering innovative ways to simplify the passenger journey, while maintaining the highest standards of safety, security and privacy. A select few passengers now have the opportunity to experience this sophisticated technology as part of this rollout,” he added.