Pune airport first in India to install e-gates for passengers

Sushant Ranjan
Wednesday, 13 February 2019

“The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) recently approved the trial run at the Pune airport. This will be the first among the Airport Authority of India (AAI) airports across the country. The trial run will start by the first week of March and will run for 45 days." said Pune Airport Director Ajay Kumar.

PUNE: The Pune airport will become the first in India to conduct a trial run of an e-gate for passengers, which will use the barcode on the boarding pass to enter the security and boarding areas.

“The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) recently approved the trial run at the Pune airport. This will be the first among the Airport Authority of India (AAI) airports across the country. The trial run will start by the first week of March and will run for 45 days. A report will be submitted to the BCAS. Later, the final decision will be made on the facility. This is a proud moment for us that the Pune airport will become the first among other airports,” said Pune Airport Director Ajay Kumar.

Three e-gates will be installed at the security area and two at the boarding area. The project is the first step toward Digi Yatra. It has been developed by a city-based company under the Make-In-India project.

The e-gate will become functional after a passenger gets the e-boarding pass. It will be scanned at the entry of the security area. The gate will read the barcode and if it is original, the gate will open and the passenger will move towards the security area. Similarly, after completing the security check, the same will be applicable at the boarding area.

The purpose of the scanning-cum-automatic gate is to check entry of those with fake tickets. The main advantage of these gates is that they will reduce the workload of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, who have to check the boarding passes of all passengers. There is a scanning device right next to each gate. Once a passenger scans the barcode on his boarding pass, the gates turn green and open automatically. While closed, the colour of the gates remains blue.

Dhairyashil Vandekar, aviation expert and analyst, said, “These e-gates will assist in not only speedy movement through security but also prohibit fake entries, assisting in improving the security infrastructure at the airport and increase passengers’ convenience and system efficiency. These systems will also assist airlines and the airport authorities in tracking the location of the passengers within the airport avoiding any last minute delay at boarding. It is a welcome initiative by the airport authority in modernising the systems at the airport. It is only a matter of time, when such process will also be introduced for access control at the airport.”

The system will be installed by city-based Siiddhey Instrumentation Pvt Ltd. Managing Director Yogesh Karandikar of the company said the gates work smoothly and can scan all passengers’ boarding passes. “The Pune airport will be the first to see more new technologies in the future,” he said.

HOW THE SCANNING GATE AT THE PUNE AIRPORT WORKS?
- The BCAS has approved its trial run at the Pune airport.
- The trial run will start by March first week.
- The new gates are electronically operated.
- The passengers have to scan the barcode on their boarding passes, following which the gates will open automatically.
- The same will mean that the boarding pass is genuine and the CISF men won’t have to check each and every pass.
- If flyers have a wrong boarding pass or cancelled ticket, the gate won’t open.

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