Hyderabad: The GMR Hyderabad International Airport, which runs the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here, will implement digital passenger processing as a proof of concept on the DigiYatra platform beginning on August 18 and continuing for three months.
According to a GMR announcement, DigiYatra would make paperless travel possible and eliminate the need for several identity checks at the airport, facilitating smooth and hassle-free travel.
At a few checkpoints, including the Departure Domestic Entry Gate 3 and the Security Hold Area in the passenger terminal, DigiYatra passengers will be processed automatically based on a facial recognition technology.
Passengers must download an exclusive smartphone app created by the DigiYatra Technical Team in order to enrol. The DigiYatra app’s beta version is currently accessible via Google’s Play Store and will be accessible via the iOS App Store in a few weeks.
How the DigiYatra platform works –
• Passengers need to download DigiYatra mobile App
• Open DY-ID App/Airline or OTA App/Airport App
• Enter Aadhar/Driving Licence (DL) number for system authentication
• Passengers will receive OTP on their registered mobile/Email
• Enter the OTP in the app
• DigiYatra app will extract e-KYC data from Aadhar/DL Database
• Scan passport first page, Extract MRZ data, Read e-Chip by NFC (optional)
• DigiYatra app will extract reference face from Aadhar e-KYC/DL Data/e-Passport
• Passengers to take a selfie; Facial Biometrics will be captured through the app
• Passenger’s face is validated through the Digilocker portal and associated with authenticated face photograph
• Passengers will then associate their Digiyatra IDs with their current or future flight bookings or Boarding Passes
• When the passenger scans the boarding pass or uploads ticket, travel data will be fetched by the app
• Digiyatra app will share the duly encrypted passenger’s face and booking information to the airport, airline and Immigration (in case of International Travel) on the day of travel
What happens at the airport with DigiYatra
• Entry via E-Gate at Airport
• Passenger arrives at the Entry E-gate
• Scans Bar-Coded Boarding Passes
• Looks into the Facial Recognition System camera on E-Gate
• System validates passenger’s ID and travel document
• E-gate opens to allow passenger into the airport
Entry to Security Hold Area:
• Passenger arrives at the PreSHA
• Has to look into FRS camera installed on e-Gate at Pre SHA-Location
• System validates passenger’s Biometric Template
• System accepts/rejects passenger and accordingly, passenger moves to SHA
The key advantages of DigiYatra include seamless navigation through the airport using digital guidance systems; real-time notifications about congestion and delays to have greater visibility on the next step of the journey; staying connected during flights and also, booking in-flight services and destination-based offerings digitally. It also enhances security at airports with real time biometrics apart from validating boarding pass or e-ticket with the airline system in real time.
GHIAL CEO Pradeep Panicker said the Digiyatra initiative would enable passengers a paperless travel and that they would be able to use a face scan as a boarding pass.
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