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India launches Facial recognition-based entry at 3 Airports today

New Delhi: For a seamless and hassle-free air travel experience, India is all set to launch a mechanism called Digi Yatra today. Digi Yatra is designed to achieve contactless and hassle-free passenger check-in at airports based on Facial Recognition Technology (FRT).

In principle, the project envisages that passengers can pass through various checkpoints at airports through paperless and contactless processing using facial features to establish their identity, which could be linked to a boarding pass.

In the first phase, it will be launched at seven airports and only for passengers on domestic flights.

It will be launched today initially at three airports – Delhi, Bengaluru, and Varanasi – followed by four airports – Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, and Vijayawada – by March 2023. Subsequently, the technology will be implemented across the country.

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One-time registration on the Digi Yatra app using Aadhaar-based authentication and self-image is required to avail of this facility.

There is no central repository of personal information (PII). Passenger ID and travel details are stored in a secure wallet on the passenger’s smartphone itself.

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