The Airports Authority of India (AAI) to make boarding system more efficient is working on the country’s first facial recognition technology-based biometric boarding system for passengers at Varanasi, Pune, Kolkata and Vijayawada airports, said Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh on Thursday.
FRT-based Biometric Boarding System is a project that the government has been working on as part of the first phase of Digi Yatra Implementation at four airports.
Responding in Lok Sabha, the minister said that the adoption of the proposed Digi Yatra Central Eco-system across various airports of the country will be scaled up and will go live in March 2022.
“This biometric boarding system is part of the first phase of Digi Yatra scheme’s implementation,” he said in a written response to a question in Lok Sabha.
It is a biometrics-based digital processing system for passenger entry and related requirements at the airport, according to the government.
The AAI has engaged NEC Corporation Private Limited to implement this technology, the first of its kind in the country, at the four airports, the minister said, adding the vendor was selected through an open tender process.
The proposed Digi Yatra central eco-system has been planned to go live in March 2022, he mentioned.
Digi Yatra will be scaled up in a phased manner for adoption across various airports of the country, he said.