MoCA launches facial recognition boarding at Delhi, 2 more airports

The Digi Yatra facility has initially been initially launched in Delhi, Bengaluru and Varanasi, while process is going on to start it at four other airports namely Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, and Vijayawada by March 2023

Facial recognition barding airports

New Delhi: People no longer required furnishing the boarding passes, both in hard or soft copies, to enter three major airports and get in the flights. Union minister for civil aviation Jyotiraditya M Scindia today launched Digi Yatra from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, for three airports in the country, namely New Delhi, Varanasi and Bengaluru. Digi Yatra is conceived to achieve contactless, seamless processing of passengers at airports based on facial recognition technology (FRT).

Speaking about the Digi Yatra project, conceived by Digi Yatra Foundation under the ministry of civil aviation (MoCA), the minister said that the project envisages a traveller can pass through various check points at the airports through a paperless and contactless processing using facial features to establish his/her identity, which could be linked to the boarding pass.

However, one needs to register themselves on Digi Yatra app for the first time, using his/her Aadhar based validation and a self-image capture. The project has tremendous advantages of improving passenger convenience and ease of travel.

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About the privacy features of the project, officials said that keeping in mind the privacy, there is no central storage of personally identifiable information (PII). Passenger’s ID and travel credentials are stored in a secure wallet in the passenger’s smartphone itself. The uploaded data will utilise blockchain technology and all the data will be purged from the servers within 24 hours of use.

With Digi Yatra, India will now stand in the ranks of world class airports like Heathrow in London and Atlanta in United States of America. Elucidating on the benefits of Digi Yatra, the minister stated the example of Dubai Airport where passenger time upto 40% was saved due to this technology. A similar technology saved nine minutes per aircraft time at the Atlanta Airport. The Minister also said that compared to other ports of call, the Indian system has been made far more seamless from entry to exit and therefore will be one of the most efficient systems from across the world.

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Digi Yatra in the first phase, will be launched at seven airports. However, it has been initially launched at three airports i.e., Delhi, Bengaluru and Varanasi today, to be followed by four other airports namely Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, and Vijayawada by March 2023. Later it would be implemented across various airports in the country. The service is presently being launched for domestic flights passengers only. Digi Yatra App is available on both iOS and android. It is voluntary is nature.

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