Across the world, airports are adopting facial recognition technology to make travel faster. At Singapore’s Changi Airport, for example, facial recognition is used for check-in, bag drop, immigration and boarding, The Digi Yatra app automates entry and verification at all touchpoints (airport entry, security check area and boarding gate)
Passengers can now use the facility to get through check-in and security at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport from today onwards. This will help improve passenger experience and enhance security.
Facial recognition is a biometric technology that identifies a person by scanning a photo or video of their face. It’s also commonly used to unlock smartphones or computers.
It can also be used to authenticate online transactions and access personal information. The technology also removes the need for passwords, making it more secure and less vulnerable to hacking.
This is also a great way to prevent fraud and identity theft. A study by Accenture shows that the global facial recognition market was worth $7billion in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 16% over 2019-2024.
The facial recognition technology is being rolled out at airports across India, including Delhi and Bangalore. It will be available for domestic flights from these two cities, as well as Varanasi and Kolkata.
Civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia launched the system on Thursday at IGIA, Delhi. He said it would be a game-changer for paperless air entry in the country.
Passengers can use the facility by registering on the Digi Yatra app using Aadhaar-based validation and a self-image capture. They then scan their boarding pass at the e-gate and share their credentials with airport authorities. They are then identified by the facial recognition system at the e-gate.