BLR Airport is one of the two selected airports in India for the first phase rollout of the DigiYatra Central Ecosystem (DYCE) and passengers experienced this new-age, contactless and seamless process that commenced on 15th August 2022
The beta version of DigiYatra App was successfully rolled out at the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) as India celebrated its 75th Independence Day.
The DigiYatra effort has been pioneered by the Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) from its early concept days and pilot trials have been held since January 2017 at BLR Airport. Based on the use of single token face biometrics for verification of passengers, DigiYatra – the contactless, seamless processing of passengers at airports is a significant project led by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Government of India.
BLR Airport is one of the two selected airports in India for the first phase rollout of the DigiYatra Central Ecosystem (DYCE) and passengers experienced this new-age, contactless and seamless process that commenced on 15th August 2022.
Covering checkpoints for domestic travel, the DigiYatra Biometric boarding system at e-gates is operational at BLR Airport, and being rolled out at full scale for all domestic airlines in a phased manner. For validating their identity and their boarding pass, passengers experienced a seamless check-in, passed through security, and boarded their respective flights using their single token face biometric.
Two airlines that are currently integrated with DigiYatra are Vistara Airlines and AirAsia. From the comfort of their homes, passengers can easily enrol on the DigiYatra app. Currently available on Google Playstore for Android users, the app’s iOS version will also be made available in one month.
“It is our constant endeavour at BIAL to offer innovative ways to simplify the passenger journey and make it as seamless as possible. The Digi Yatra Central Ecosystem implementation is one more step towards achieving this. We are glad to be part of the first phase rollout and value the trust reposed in us by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, DGCA, and the Government of India. As the new gateway to India, BLR Airport is keen to be at the forefront of change and innovation,” said Hari Marar, MD & CEO at Bangalore International Airport Ltd. (BIAL).
Include Self Sovereign Identity (SSI) with Verifiable Credentials (VCs), Decentralised Identifiers (DIDs) with a trust layer of a Distributed Ledger and ensuring adoption of Privacy by Design and Privacy by Default as the fundamental tenets, the DYCE is being built on the standards defined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). As the data is secure and will be deleted after 24 hours following their travel, this ensures privacy issues are taken care of and passengers will not have to worry about sharing their data.
Set up as a joint venture company in 2019, DYCE is the initiative of the Digi Yatra Foundation (DYF) in which BIAL is one of the key shareholders. The DigiYatra Foundation will be a pan-India entity and the custodian of the Passenger ID validation process.
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