Facial recognition at airports soon

Gujarat Global News Network, New Delhi

Soon passengers travelling by air in the country need not carry ID proofs. Their face will be their identity as system of facial recognition is coming soon.

The government today released policy on biometric based digital processing at airports called “Digi Yatra”. DigiYatra Central Platform will be operational by end of February, 2019. Bangalore & Hyderabad International Airports will be ready with pilot implementation by end of February, 2019. Airport Authority of India (AAI) intends to roll out the programme initially at Kolkata, Varanasi, Pune & Vijayawada by April, 2019, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu said.

It is a Facial Recognition based passenger processing which is a common standard being adopted the world over. DigiYatra will have a centralised registration system for passengers. “Under the Digi Yatra, passenger can get a Digi Yatra ID by sharing minimum details like Name, e-mail ID, Mobile number and details of one approved Identity proof where Aadhar ID is not mandatory. This DigiYatra ID will be shared by passengers while booking ticket.

A successfully registered passenger can go directly to the entry point  E-Gate of the airport and scan the barcode/ QR code of the ticket/ Boarding pass. “A camera will capture the face for comparing with DigiYatraID Photo. On successful verification of the travel details and facial matching, the E-Gate will open. The system will also generate a token in the system combining the face of passenger with PNR of the ticket, so that at subsequent check points the ticket details will be available on face recognition.”

“At check-in counter or at the Self Bag Drop counter, the passenger will be identified by face and there is no need to show any document or ID for this purpose. The passenger will gain entry to the security check area through an E-Gate by facial recognition. Similarly at the boarding gate also the passenger will be identified by face for entering through an E-Gate for boarding the aircraft.”

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