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Indian Airport begins Facial Recognition based Entry

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The government on Thursday launched DigiYatra – which will allow entry of air passengers based on a facial recognition system at the airports in Delhi, Bangalore and Varanasi.

Civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia launched it at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).

HOW WILL IT WORK?

With the help of DigiYatra passengers will now be able to avail paperless entry at airports and their data will be automatically processed based on a facial recognition system at various checkpoints.

To avail the service, passengers will have to register their details on the DigiYatra app using Aadhaar-based validation and a self image capture.

Then they are required to scan their boarding pass and the credentials are shared with the airport.

Once at the airport, passengers will have to scan their bar coded boarding pass and the facial recognition system installed at the e-gate will validate their identity and travel documents. Passengers can then enter the airport through the e-gate.

The normal procedure will be followed for security checks and for boarding the aircraft.

HOW WILL PASSENGER DATA BE STORED?

While responding to queries concerning the privacy of data shared with DigiYatra, Jyotirao Scindia said passenger data shared will be saved in an encrypted format in a decentralised manner.

According to Scindia, the data will be saved in an encrypted format and blockchain technology is being used.

The data is stored in passengers’ phones and the data shared with the airport is deleted 24 hours after the journey, he added.

By March 2023, DigiYatra will be launched at four more airports — Hyderabad, Pune, Vijayawada and Kolkata.

Scindia said the facility will also be rolled out at other airports in the country.

It will be available for passengers taking domestic flights.

The DigiYatra app is available on Android and ioS platforms. At the Delhi airport, the DigiYatra facility is currently available to passengers taking domestic flights from Terminal 3 (T3).

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