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Now Facial Recognition Technology will arrive in THESE 7 Airports by March 2023: Central Government

The central government is all set to launch a facial recognition system in a phased manner. The first phase is planned for Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, Pune and Vijayawada, Bangalore and Hyderabad by March 2023, Minister of State for Civil Aviation General (Retd) VK Singh said in Rajya Sabha on Monday.

In December 2021, Singh had said this technology is not yet introduced in any airports in India. However, the Airports Authority of India is working on a project of FRT based Biometric Boarding System as a part of the first phase of Digi Yatra implementation at 4 airports (Varanasi, Pune, Kolkata, and Vijayawada). He added that the proposed Digi Yatra Central Eco-system is planned to go live in March 2022.


When he was asked about the security of this biometric system and whether the passenger data is safe or not, he said that as per the Digi Yatra policy, registering for the Central Ecosystem is optional to the passenger. For availing of the services, passengers will have to send the travel details (Pax details, PNR and Facial Biometrics) through an app to the Biometric Boarding System of the respective departing airport.

This technology will save a lot of time and develop the airports to a whole new level to match big airports of foreign countries that already have this system.


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