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Digi Yatra to be unveiled by April 2019, says Suresh Prabhu

Digi Yatra will be operational by February-end, 2019 and it would be first used by Bangalore and Hyderabad International airports on a pilot basis

GN Bureau | October 15, 2018


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The centre’s ambitious Digi Yatra initiative, which aims to enable flyers to get into airports by using facial recognition technology, started taking shape after minister of commerce and industry and civil aviation Suresh Prabhu recently unveiled the policy on biometric based digital processing of passengers at airports.

 
The civil aviation ministry said that Digi Yatra central platform will be operational by February-end, 2019 and the technology would be first used by Bangalore and Hyderabad International airports on a pilot basis. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) will roll out the programme initially at Kolkata, Varanasi, Pune and Vijayawada by April, 2019.
 
Prabhu said Digi Yatra will provide a pan-India powerful platform for future, adding that airports will have the possibility of providing innovative services and consent based targeted services in future.
 
“Any service provider involved in facilitating travel of passenger from door to door will be able to use this platform in future through innovative solutions,” he said. He asserted the ultimate beneficiary will be the passengers, who will have all the travel related options available to them.
 
Digi Yatra is a facial recognition based passenger processing which is a common standard being adopted globally. To provide a seamless experience right from the entry to the airport upto boarding the aircraft, DigiYatra will have a centralised registration system for passengers.
 
“Under the Digi Yatra, passenger can get a Digi Yatra ID by sharing minimum details like name, e-mail ID, mobile number and details of one approved identity proof where Aadhaar ID is not mandatory. DigiYatra ID will be shared by passengers while booking ticket. Airlines will share the passenger data and DigiYatra ID with the departure airport”, minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha said. 
 
 

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