Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Dry run of facial recognition check-in at Pune airport in May

Pune: The dry run of the facial recognition check-in system involving interested passengers under the Centre’s DigiYatra initiative will start at the city airport in May, senior officials at the facility have confirmed.

“Tests happened in connection to the new feature earlier at the airport and the report has been submitted by the company undertaking the trials. The tests were, however, internal in nature and did not include any passengers. We are expecting a dry run of the system in May, It will include passengers’ participation and involvement. Special gates with facial recognition cameras will be used for the purpose,” Pune airport director Santosh Dhoke told TOI.

In December last year, it had been said that the airports under the Airports Authorities of India (AAI) in Pune, Varanasi, Kolkata and Vijaywada and the joint venture airports in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Delhi would hold the trial runs in connection with the system, also known as the biometric boarding system.

General V.K Singh (retired), minister of state for civil aviation. had told the lower house of Parliament that the system would go live this year and all airports would be covered in a phased manner.

A source privy to the development said the system was expected to be a permanent feature at the Pune airport by the later half of the year. “The dry run is expected to go for around two-three months, after which its response and report will be submitted to the AAI headquarters. The system should be a permanent feature at the Pune airport by September or October,” an official said.

02/02/22 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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