Thursday, August 01, 2019

Facial biometrics: IGI to try paperless boarding for flyers

New Delhi: A trial run for using facial-based biometrics to board domestic flights will soon start at IGI Airport. The full-service airline Vistara and Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL) will carry it out at Terminal 3. Based on the experience, the paperless boarding facility will be gradually extended to other terminals and airlines for domestic passengers.
Confirming the development, a spokesperson of the Tata Group Vistara said the airline had been "working with DIAL to enable the technology in Delhi as soon as possible". DIAL, however, did not comment. The airports at Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai have already initiated the process for this digi yatra (DY), the Modi government's ambitious project. Bengaluru Airport last month announced its partnership with Vistara for the same.
In Bengaluru, Vistara's flight-passenger data is being integrated with the airport's biometrics technology, allowing paperless processing at the terminal entry, passenger security screening and the boarding gate. The same template will be followed in Delhi, said an airline official.
"In the final stage, this technology will be integrated with Digi Yatra Central Platform, which is being architectured by the central government's Digi Yatra Foundation," the Bengaluru airport had said in a statement. Passengers can enrol their ID and biometric data, combined with their flight details, before entering a terminal. As they travel through the airport, they will be authenticated and verified at every stage using biometric technology.
01/08/19 Sauabh Sinha/Times of India
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