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India plots to introduce biometrics for air travel

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India is set to introduce biometric technologies at its airports. Noida International Airport (NIA), which will be the country’s largest airport on completion, is expected to feature built-in biometric technologies.

Saudi company ICAD Holdings has been selected as the Master System Integrator (MSI) consultant for NIA, currently under construction in the state of Uttar Pradesh. ICAD has subcontracted with USA-based Ross & Baruzzini and Wipro Limited.

“We are delighted to partner with ICAD in their first engagement in India,” said Jasvinder Singh, a representative for Wipro Limited.

“We support multiple Public Private Partnership (PPP) airports in India and globally. We look forward to extending our digital and aviation capabilities to define the growth of NIA.”

The Ministry of Civil Aviation launched a project called Digi Yatra to use the face biometrics already collected by the government at airports all over the country. Per the project’s deadlines, phase one of the NIA will be complete by 2024 and will implement several biometric and digital technologies.

Meanwhile, Air India announced the rollout of Amadeus Altea’s Passenger Service System (PSS), which implements biometric technologies and has functions such as frequent flier program management, merchandising retailing tools, and revenue management.

“We are honored to be the technology partner for Air India as the carrier undergoes an ambitious transformation,” said Amadeus Altea.

“India is an important market for Amadeus and we have our second largest R&D center located there.

“This will enable close innovation with Air India. Our advanced technology solutions will provide the building blocks for Air India to deliver smooth experiences for its passengers.”
Air India is now a subsidiary of Tata Group, which is also helping in the rollout of India’s biometric passports.

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