72 airports to have Biometric Access Control System

The ministry of civil aviation has approved biometric access control system for implementation at 72 airports by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, the regulatory authority of civil aviation security in India.

The ministry has approved Rs. 33.23 crore for biometric access control system implementation at 72 airports.

The objective of biometric access control system is to replace the existing system of paper-based Airport Entry Permits (AEPs) and enable biometric enabled smart card based access control system for staff and personnel (excluding passengers) requiring entry to the airports.

The government is also making it compulsory to install GAGAN navigation system in all aircrafts in the country from Ist January, 2019. In accordance with the provisions of the National Civil Aviation Policy, 2016, it is mandatory for all aircrafts registered in India from 1st January, 2019 to be GPS Augmented Geo Navigation System (GAGAN) enabled.

GAGAN System has been certified for en-route and Approach with Vertical Guidance (APV1) operations by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in December, 2013 and April, 2015 respectively in accordance with essential international standards.

GAGAN System is continuously monitored on 24X7 basis to meet all the international standards of accuracy, availability, integrity and continuity requirements.

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