Your face to soon become your boarding pass at Bengaluru airport

At the Bengaluru airport, soon will not have to carry your boarding pass and your face will be your boarding pass. Bengaluru airport will debut facial recognition in air travel in India. The first implementation milestone of the paperless biometric self-boarding technology at the airport will be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

The move is aimed at transforming the passenger experience and creating a future-ready airport.

Aviation in India is on a big upswing in terms of passenger demand. Now, the focus is on to make the entire process of providing access to the plane as easy as possible. Bengaluru International Airport (BIAL) has partnered with Portuguese technology company Vision-Box to implement this smart project, the airport authority said in a tweet.

The deal was signed on Wednesday in Lisbon, Portugal in the presence of Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa.

"Your face is your boarding pass," said BIAL's MD & CEO Hari Marar, describing the revolutionary technology that is set to transform air travel. “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 for lines or hassles, from registration to boarding,” Marar added.

Vision-Box CEO Miguel Leitmann said that this will be the first end-to-end face recognition-based walkthrough experience in Asia. "We’re very proud to team up with Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru. We’re together raising the flag of a historical milestone, marking not only the significant improvement of the experience of those who travel through Bangalore but also the accomplishment of a seamless digital airport journey. This is the first end-to-end face recognition-based walkthrough experience in Asia and the largest in the world,” said Leitmann.

Vision-Box provided Automated Border Control and electronic identity solutions that use ICAO-compliant standards. Biometric technology will identify the 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 statement said.

Airlines like Air Asia, SpiceJet and Jet Airways may be among the early users of the technology.

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