DigiYatra: These airports in India now have facial recognition technology. How does it work?

Source: The post is based on the articleDigiYatra: These airports in India now have facial recognition technology. How does it work?published in Indian Express on 3rd December 2022.

What is the News?

The Union Minister for Civil Aviation has launched Digi Yatra from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi for three airports in the country namely New Delhi, Varanasi and Bengaluru. 

What is Digi Yatra?

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How is DigiYatra being implemented?

The project is being implemented by the DigiYatra Foundation — a joint-venture company whose shareholders are the Airports Authority of India (26% stake) and Bengaluru Airport, Delhi Airport, Hyderabad Airport, Mumbai Airport and Cochin International Airport. These five shareholders equally hold the remaining 74% of the shares.

How can people avail of the DigiYatra facility?

Participation in the Digi Yatra scheme is voluntary for domestic passengers at present. Those opting for it will have to download the app, register, link Aadhar details, take a selfie and upload a boarding pass before travel.

With Digi Yatra, a passenger can skip the queue and use a dedicated e-gate, scan a bar-coded boarding pass and look at the facial recognition system to enter the terminal. A similar contactless processing is carried out at the security check and the boarding gate.

What about passenger data security?

In view of privacy concerns, there is no central storage of personally identifiable information.

The passenger ID and travel credentials are stored in a secure wallet on the passenger’s smartphone itself. The uploaded data will utilize blockchain technology and all data will be removed from servers within 24 hours.

What is Facial Recognition Technology?

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