Bengaluru airport become Asia's first Airport set to use face recognition as ‘boarding pass’
Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru is set
to become the first airport in Asia next year to use face recognition as the
boarding procedure for passengers to board flights and move across different
sections of the airport.
The Bengaluru International Airport Ltd. (BIAL), which
operates KIA, and Miguel Leitmann, CEO of Vision Box, a Portuguese software
firm, signed an agreement to this effect in Lisbon on September 5 to introduce
face recognition technology at the airport from 2019.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Indian-origin
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and India’s Ambassador to Portugal
Voice Box, according to its website, showcased the face
recognition-based passage system for the first time for Lufthansa passengers at
kiosks at the Los Angeles airport in March this year – Lufthansa passengers
there used a biometric boarding procedure instead of boarding passes.
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.
The first implementation milestone at Kempegowda will be
completed in the first quarter of 2019, with Jet Airways, Air Asia and SpiceJet
passengers as first users, Vision Box stated.
This is the first end-to-end face recognition-based walk
through 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.