India’s government announced its policy for biometric processing at the country’s airports


25 October 2018

India’s government has announced its policy for biometric processing at the country’s airports, with the ‘Digi Yatra’ initiative expected to launch in April 2019. Testing is expected to begin on the Digi Yatra Central Platform at Bangalore and Hyderabad International Airports in February 2019, before the Airport Authority of India (AAI) launches the programme to Kolkata, Varanasi, Pune, and Vijayawada Airports. “Under the Digi Yatra, passengers 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 Aadhar ID is not mandatory,” says Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha. A technical working committee made up of airport operators, airlines, and other stakeholders is overseeing the development of standards for digital processing and finalized the format for Digi Yatra earlier this year. Travellers request a Digi Yatra ID with biometric collection at the point of departure, or through online Aadhaar verification, with facial biometrics being stored in the Digi Yatra system in either case. The biometric digital processing system is expected to ease airport congestion, and also help airports plan resource deployment with improved data.

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