Facial recognition technology to be soon launched in India's 4 airports


Facial recognition technology to be soon launched in India's 4 airports

The Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation General VK Singh said that the Airports Authority of India is working on FRT based Biometric Boarding System as part of the first phase of Digi Yatra Implementation at four airports namely Varanasi, Pune, Kolkata, and Vijayawada.


The Airports Authority of India has engaged NEC Corporation Private Limited for implementing the technology as part of the DigiYatra policy, which seeks to promote paperless air travel and a seamless journey from entering an airport till boarding a plane.


The proposed Digi Yatra Central Eco-system is planned to go live in March 2022. It is to be scaled up in a phased manner for adoption across various airports of the country.


Registering for the Digi Yatra Central Ecosystem is optional to the passenger. For availing the Digi Yatra services, passengers would send the travel details through an app to the Biometric Boarding System of the respective departing airport.


"The Digi Yatra Central Ecosystem envisages assessments (by independent teams to assess the level of security and system resilience to protect PII) and periodic audits by governing/regulatory bodies twice every year. Facial recognition is as per Industry ISO standards with best-in-class National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) listed algorithms complying to Data Privacy and Data protection requirements as laid down by Government," Singh said.


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