Digi Yatra, an initiative launched by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) Govt of India, to provide passengers with a contactless, paperless check-in and boarding process at airports. The biometric boarding system uses facial recognition technology (FRT) to enhance passenger experience and eliminate the need for multiple ID and ticket verifications.
The DigiYatra facility was first launched on December 1, 2022, at Delhi, Bengaluru, and Varanasi airports. The project is now under implementation and will be rolled out to Kolkata, Pune, Vijayawada, and Hyderabad airports by March 2023.
It is worth noting here that the expenditure for the implementation of DigiYatra will be borne by the airport operators, with the Ministry of Civil Aviation not providing any budgetary support.
Features of DigiYatra
DigiYatra is a voluntary facility that aims to provide passengers with a seamless and hassle-free experience at airports. The passenger’s data is encrypted and stored in the wallet of their smartphone and is shared only with the airport of travel origin for a limited time duration.
The data is purged from the system within 24 hours of the flight.
The implementation of DigiYatra results in touchless passenger validation and saves time at various touch points such as entry to the airport, security hold area (SHA), and boarding area, without CISF intervention.
Dataevolve Solutions has built the Digi Yatra central ecosystem based on FRT. It was selected through a national startup challenge run by Niti Aayog under the Atal Innovation Mission.
Airport operators and airline operators are making in-flight announcements, providing help-desk support, displaying banners and films, and using social media to publicize Digi Yatra.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has awarded the work for the implementation of the biometric boarding system at Kolkata, Pune, Vijayawada, and Varanasi airports.
Digi Yatra is an innovative initiative that aims to provide passengers with a seamless and hassle-free experience at airports.
Implementing the biometric boarding system using FRT results in touchless passenger validation and eliminates the need for multiple ID and ticket verifications, thus saving time at various touchpoints.
The implementation of Digi Yatra will be rolled out to more airports by March 2023.