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Digi Yatra initiative.

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Above topic is essential for PSC CSE Syllabus for General Studies Mains Paper 3 under the subsection Science and Technology – developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.

WHAT IS DIGI YATRA INITIATIVE

Air passenger can soon use facial recognition technology to enter any airport in the country under the recently unveiled.

It is an initiative to make boarding pass and security check-ins digital at airports.

Under Ministry of Civil Aviation.

GRADUAL ROLLOUT

With this initiative, the civil aviation ministry is looking to make ticket booking, airport entry and boarding pass security check-in digital.

The technology will soon be operational at Bengaluru and Hyderabad airports.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to roll out the initiative at Kolkata, Varanasi, Pune and Vijayawada airports by April next year, as per the ministry.

Key features of the initiative and how it works:

1. Centralized registration system for passengers and each of them would get a unique ID on booking the tickets

2. The ID can be created by sharing name, e-mail id, mobile number and details of any identity proof, including Aadhaar

3. The airline would share the passenger data and the ID with the airport from where the passenger would be flying out

THE SOFTWARE USED WILL BE PRIVATE

This software is of the Portugal private company.

WHY WE NEED THIS

The initiative seeks to promote paperless and hassle-free air travel.

The population of India is multiplying.

Long ques are there in the airport line.

The middle-class population is multiplying cause many people are traveling by Air.

2006: 4 Cr People traveled by air.

2017: 13.9 Cr People traveled by air.

WHAT IATI SAID (International Air Transport Association)

IATA anticipates India will be the third largest aviation market by 2024. To make this reality, airport capacity needs to be augmented.

The airport should not come to standstill.

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