The biometric service will be launched at six additional Indian airports this month, bringing the total number of Digi Yatra-enabled hubs to 13.
Digi Yatra will be launched at Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Lucknow, Jaipur, and Guwahati airports. By mid-August, an estimated 3.5 million passengers will have used the service, with the Digi Yatra mobile application user base at 1.29 million
Since its launch by Minister of Civil Aviation and Steel Shri Jyotiraditya on December 1, 2022, at New Delhi, Varanasi, and Bengaluru airports, Digi Yatra has also been rolled out at Vijayawada, Pune, Hyderabad, and Kolkata.
Digi Yatra is a mobile application-based facility designed to achieve contactless, seamless processing of passengers at airports based on facial recognition technology (FRT). It helps travellers pass through various checkpoints at the airports through paperless and contactless processing using facial features to validate their identity and travel details.
In the Digi Yatra process, there is no central storage of a passenger's personally identifiable information (PII) data. Passengers' data is encrypted and stored in the wallet of their smartphone. It is shared only between the passenger and the airport of travel origin, where the passenger's Digi Yatra ID needs to be validated. The data is purged from the airport's system within 24 hours of departure of the flight. The data is shared by the passengers themselves, only when they travel and only with the origin airport.
Image: Mumbai Airport