Safran Announces Completion of Pilot Project Linking Airport Screening to Aadhaar Biometrics

Safran Identity & Security has successfully completed a pilot project linking passenger security screening at India’s Bengaluru Airport to the country’s biometric national ID system, Aadhaar.

Safran Announces Completion of Pilot Project Linking Airport Screening to Aadhaar BiometricsIt was first reported last autumn that Bengaluru Airport, officially called Kempegowda International Airport, would get Aadhaar-linked biometric screening, with Safran and Vision-Box participating in the project. Now, Safran has revealed that the pilot project used its MorphoWave tower – a contactless scanning terminal that is able to capture four fingerprints simultaneously when a subject’s hand is waved above it, and matches them to a profile in less than a second. In its Bengaluru Airport deployment, that biometric data is matched against the citizen IDs of the Aadhaar database.

That means the system is effectively able to identify almost any Indian citizen with the wave of a hand, opening a considerable opportunity for fast and secure passenger screening at airports in the country. It isn’t yet clear what the next step will be, but in a statement Safran indicated that the pilot project had been conducted “in a fully operational environment,” suggesting that it could readily be expanded to a full-scale deployment in the airport and beyond.

Safran Identity & Security announced the development at this week’s Passenger Terminal Expo in Amsterdam.

March 15, 2017 – by Alex Perala