Face recognition – ‘Boarding Pass’ in Airports

Prelims level : Voice Box System Mains level : Uses of enhanced biometric identification
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Why in News?

  • 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.

Implementation details:

  • Vision Box, a Portuguese software firm, signed an agreement to this effect to introduce face recognition technology at the airport from 2019.
  •  Voice Box, according to its website, showcased the face recognition-based passage system for the first time for Lufthansa which used a biometric boarding procedure instead of boarding passes.
  • The first implementation will be completed in the first quarter of 2019, with Jet Airways, Air Asia and SpiceJet passengers as first users.

Importance of the Project:

  • 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.
  • 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.
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