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Employees working at 48 airports — including the biggest ones in Metros — will soon have biometric-based access at these high-security zones. Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday launched the Biometric-enabled “centralised access control system” (CACS) and e-BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security) project training module here to enhance security and ease of doing business at airports.

“Covering 43 Airports of Airports Authority of India (AAI) and 5 joint venture airports at present, the CACS project is aimed to digitise employee movement process. This multi-layered security system encompasses the uniqueness of airport entry permit (AEP) users, biometric authentication in addition to PIN-based identity verification through contactless smart card technology, which manages access of personnel along with RFID based automated vehicle access control system according to the region, terminal, zone, and gate access privileges,” the ministry said in a statement.

CACS project will cover over 2 Lakhs employees of various stakeholders who move in and out of airports on a daily basis, Puri said. The cost of each card is Rs 225 and it will be valid for three years. Biometric ID, with Biometric-enabled CACS has chip-embedded smart AEPs and the ministry says it cannot be duplicated.

“An MoU was signed between ECIL and BCAS on December 17, 2015, with an overall investment of Rs 34.9 crore. The project aimed to digitise the existing mechanism at the airports and reduce human intervention systematically as until now employees were issued laminated paper based Aerodrome Entry Permit. AAI successfully conducted site acceptance test at Ahmedabad, Chennai and Kolkata airports recently,” the ministry statement said.

Puri said: “CACS project shall facilitate the ease of processing, enhanced security and prevent unauthorised entry into airport, alert authorities to an attempted intrusion or other irregularities for immediate response; overall not only leading to ease of doing business, but also an enhanced security system.”

Puri also launched the ‘e-BCAS Project: Training Module’ aimed at helping more than 1.5 lakh employees of various stakeholders by migrating from manual process of training to digital platform. All 29 Aviation Security Training Institutes (ASTIs) have been registered as user entities and now they can make nominations for various courses online. “Moreover, the system will also allow its users to check the approvals by BCAS, declaration of results and QR coded online certificate generation will also be done through this project only. This would result in making the entire training ecosystem of BCAS transparent as well as efficient,” the ministry said.

The ‘e-BCAS’ envisages a “paperless office” under e-Governance initiative. It’s aimed at facilitating external stakeholders to access BCAS system by digital automation of all internal office procedures in 2016. The project was approved by aviation ministry at an estimated cost of Rs 21.7 crore.


Autor(en)/Author(s): Saurabh Sinha

Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 30.12.2019

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