It will also be offered to domestic passengers at Delhi T3 at the airport, which is where AirAsia India, Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet and Vistara operate.
The service is also being extended to domestic passengers at Bengaluru airport by two airlines namely AirAsia India and Vistara
Based on single token face biometrics the app will utilize facial features to verify an individual’s identity. This can then be tied to the traveler’s boarding pass
On the heels of Independence Day celebrations on Monday (August 15) the facial recognition systems to verify passenger identities were introduced on Delhi as well as Bengaluru airports.
The authorities launched a test version of DigiYatra that is now used by domestic passengers using Delhi airport’s T3 which is where AirAsia India, Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet and Vistara operate.
However, the service is rolling out to domestic passengers at Bengaluru airport with two airlines, namely AirAsia India and Vistara.
The app will streamline passenger verification and entry at every point of entry including the airport entrance, security check and the boarding gate. Based on the concept of single token biometrics for face the app will utilize facial features to confirm an individual’s identity. This is then tied to the ticket to board.
“It is our ongoing goal at BIAL to come up with innovative solutions to make the journey for passengers easier so that it is as smooth as it is. Its Digi Yatra Central Ecosystem implementation is a further step in getting there. We are delighted to be part of the initial phase rollout…As the entrance for India, Bengaluru airport is determined to be at the leading edge of technological advancement and development” added Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) managing director (MD) Hari Marar.
Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) announced that each passenger would require less than three seconds for every touchpoint. The company added that DigiYatra will also enhance security.
“At Bengaluru Airport, the DigiYatra Biometric boarder system at the e-gates has been operational and is being fully implemented across all national airlines, in a progressively method, which covers points for international travel” BIAL said. BIAL in the statement.
The application is accessible to Android users on the Google Play Store for Android users. A version designed for iOS users will be released in the next month. BIAL states that the user’s data will be erased in 24 hours after the departure.
The app offers an identity management platform that will assist in speeding check-ins at airports. Passengers can store their documents related to travel within the digital wallet that will be secured according to the authorities.
The rollout of the app forms part of the Digi Yatra Central Ecosystem (DYCE) that is being planned through the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA). DYCE was conceived by the Digi Yatra Foundation (DYF) that is charged with designing the government’s ambitious authentication process for passenger IDs.
DYF was founded in the year 2019 as an joint venture between and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and various airports such as BIAL, DIAL, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL), Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) and Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL).
The five airports have a 74% of the shares, and AAI is an investor of 26% in DYF.
The project is anticipated to be launched at airports like Pune, Vijayawada, Kolkata and Hyderabad by the end of March 2023.
Although the government says that privacy concerns will be addressed however, many have criticised facial recognition technology citing ‘ ubiquitous surveillance. In the beginning of this calendar year Telangana High Court (HC) issued notices to the state government as well as the Hyderabad the police chief to reply to a petition which questioned the claims of using the technology to recognize faces by authorities, without the approval of the law.
In May of this year, Newsexposer also revealed in May that Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) was considering the introduction of a monthly pass system that uses facial identification technology that could replace smart cards.
Based on Panoptic Tracker, there are 124 facial recognition systems currently being installed across India The government has invested greater than 1,464.18 Cr on these systems to date.