Thursday, October 18, 2018

‘After flight take-off, facial biometric data will be purged to ensure privacy’

New Delhi: The government recently unveiled the DigiYatra initiative, which will allow passengers to zip through airports with just a facial scan. Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru along with the Hyderabad airport, will be the first to implement it. In an email interview, Hari Marar, the CEO & MD of Bangalore International Airport Ltd., explains the various facets of the technology.

How will this technology benefit different stakeholders?

The biometric technology will identify passengers by their faces as they move across the airport, avoiding stops and repeated presentation of boarding passes, passports and other documents. Security largely depends on bona fide passengers, and biometric screening provides exactly that – with minimal human intervention.

It will benefit airlines by enabling a faster check-in and boarding. The first implementation milestone of DigiYatra at the Bangalore airport will be completed in the first quarter of 2019, with Jet Airways, Air Asia and SpiceJet passengers as the first users.

How will the different access points be integrated?

A passenger creates a DigiYatra ID on the DigiYatra Central Identity Management platform. All airlines, online travel agents, etc., will provide this facility to create a DigiYatra ID, which is entered into the ticket and the booking is completed.

At an airport registration kiosk, the passenger enrols his/ her face for the first time when the DigiYatra ID is used. This biometric enrollment is valid for the lifetime of the passenger.
17/10/18 Jagriti Chandra/The Hindu

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