The spotlight on digital identity is cast over almost all places in the world now that have inhabitance. For the channels to exist between citizens and businesses and public entities, strong architecture of technology and serial authentication has to be the foundation for security.
This interview was conducted with Rolando Kattan, President Commissioner of the National Bureau, Registry of Honduras, who represents a small country in Central America where the spotlight regardless is shining bright on digital innovation to enhance citizens’ lives, the economy and bring administration to the cloud in the 21st century.
Honduras is the first nation in the world to have a secured citizen registry database in the cloud which enabled biometric fingerprint authentication to count the votes in last local election.
Working with the UNDP and World Bank, Kattan explains their efforts to digitalise public administration, already delivering a new ID card for citizens and the infrastructure so that citizens can authenticate to systems.
When asked how close Honduras is to achieving a national form of digital identity for everyone, Kattan said “we’re already there”.
Regardless of its physical size, it was fascinating to hear that Honduras is ticking many of the future requirements of the population in terms of digital government. Kattan says he prefers the term of delivering an efficient “automatic government”, rather than digitalising.
Ahead are the likes of Estonia, a country that has fully deployed a system of digital identity and transaction, whereas Honduras is beginning to develop a similar ecosystem.
“We come from a very small country but we say we come from the future!”, he says proudly.
It comes across during the interview that a main driver of growth and productivity for the government in Honduras is having the capability of installing data in the cloud and operating through every institution with biometric authentication. Documents such as birth certificates can be distributed automatically through scanning a digital id in the app to release the document in seconds.
Rolando also touches on compliance being essential in every step of the chain of value.
1. What is your strategy to establish digital ID infrastructures to increase identity inclusion, and boost economic growth?
2. How close are we to achieving digital identity/ an official form of identity for everyone in society?
3. What sort of approach to innovation are you going to advocate in terms of how we can enhance secure systems, improve collaboration and consumer trust?
4. Why is it important to attend events like Identity Week America?
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate is inviting vendors with a solution to tackle identity theft and fraud to participate in a number of tech demonstrations in 2023.
The 2023 Remote Identity Validation Technology Demonstration will hopefully foreground solutions that can stop breaches in accounts and during the onboarding process when a user should be checked and authenticated. Security documents can also be duplicated, doctored or illegally manufactured with false information or passport images to allow a traveller to adopt a potentially dangerous new identity.
The technology demos will be spread out throughout 2023.
There is a higher percentage of new accounts being created and services that can be accessed without a company or government gateway system to warrant tests on newer technologies.
Arun Vemury, Lead of S&T’s Biometric and Identity Technology Center, explained that while a flurry of new tools have appeared on the market in recent years, which claim to authenticate documents and verify identity, there are “a wide range of questions about the performance and fairness of the technologies as well as concerns that bad actors could exploit weaknesses in the new process to commit fraud at scale”.
The performance of technologies will be tested against well-known and sophisticated types of attacks and evaluate fairness in commercial or government applications.
Vemury said: “In the past year, we’ve seen tremendous innovation from the identity and biometrics industry to adapt to new government and private sector identity needs”. “While we understand performance will vary among different technology providers, we need to develop measures to evaluate the performance and new risks associated with these capabilities.”
80 companies have so far registered their interest to join the demonstrations.
Solutions may fall in one of these categories:
A product that validates identity (e-)documents .
Innovative solutions to secure physical documents.
Turkey is introducing a blockchain digital identity to verify citizens during login to public services.
Application instructions will follow, however the deadline to submit an initial application in the ‘Document Validation’ Track is 15 February 2023, with the vendor selection process taking place on 15 March 2023. Read the updates at IdentityWeek.net.
The closing date to enter the ‘Match to Document’ Track is to be confirmed.
As digital ID and biometric technologies are outstaying their novelty touch and public scepticism, lots more commercial use cases can be identified in travel, banking, retail and media.
Governments too that offer vast public services to citizens require secure authentication – a definite reason why the public sector is now recognising the benefits of digital ID and face biometrics to improve all its functions.
A GlobalData report suggests that governments must implement stronger identity authentication to set the trend for private companies and explore new phenomenons like the metaverse.
IdentityWeek.net has reported on the government’s One Login digital identity program which will streamline over 48 different authentication systems used by governmental departments, migrating to a single login system. This new system will mitigate users of one account having to submit their information each time they access a service.
Driven by the sudden need for proof of vaccination status, governments have also developed e-certificates and COVID e-passports to meet short deadlines.
David Bicknell, Principal Analyst, Thematic Intelligence at GlobalData, says that ‘digital identity’s time is now”. “There are many possible use cases, from financial services to tracking and managing identities in the metaverse. It took a global pandemic for governments to recognise that vaccination certificates on smartphones enabling foreign travel was the killer app that digital identity could deliver, and people could use, even if they might not recognize it as digital identity.”
“It is clear that decentralised identities will help deliver an identity revolution” he added. A revolution is already evident with many countries following the trend of establishing their own digital ID systems to curb fraud rates and common privacy threats.
India has the Aadhaar ID system; Nordic countries and Estonia formed the NOBID Consortium. Japan and China are leaders in surveillance technologies while building stoic digital economies. The EU Wallet is almost on the finishing line and remote ID checks on new workers and tenants in the UK can still be opted for as part of the UK’s Right to Work and Rent schemes.
These examples show the catalogue of changes that governments have made to scale digital ID innovation.
The use of face and fingerprint biometrics has permeated through UK and Scottish policing and is leveraged as a regular tool in investigations. Biometric data has also been shared by the Home Office with U.S. aviation bodies (i.e. U.S. Department of Homeland Security) to make intelligence that could protect public security readily available.
The Times spoke to an ex-police chief, Tom Wood, who said that new policing methods need not be treated with reluctancy and doubt due to the great benefit on enhancing investigations.
Backlash about privacy has cast suspicion over fingerprint, CCTV and other surveillant methods. A retired Deputy Chief Constable for Lothian and Borders police, Tom Wood spoke about the public’s perceptions of their freedoms, rights to privacy and consent over personal data being threatened by newer police tools.
All modern police practices “were cast as dire threats to civil liberties” the article said. Bias and some inherent inaccuracies in the technology are issues to be addressed however this is vastly outweighed by police successes and other proven use cases.
In the Scotsman, Wood discounted the concerns stressing: “We must continue to embrace new technologies, including artificial intelligence and facial recognition”.
Stricter rules imposed in Scotland govern the police’s use of facial recognition technologies so that a balance can be maintained.between privacy and keeping people safe. Scotland’s Biometric Commissioner, Dr Brian Plastow, supports promoting good practice in our police forces but feels biometrics are completely justified to be used as an investigative tool at the police’s discretion.
The Star Alliance biometric recognition system is being implemented at iGA Istanbul Airport, which enable frictionless travel through key security touchpoints.
The Star Alliance is a collective union of global airlines formed back in 1997 that has 26 members, including Turkish Airlines – the parter on this tender to install the best-in-class biometric scanning equipment.
The Star Alliance technology is deployed in Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Vienna airports, surviving modern laws on mask-wearing which became mandatory during the height of the pandemic. The face biometric capability is able to accurately detect a full facial image of traveller while wearing a mask.
Miles & More service users are eligible to take advantage of the smoother travel experience which Star Alliance biometrics will provide.
Turkish Airlines has been particularly receptacle to using the biometrics access system and streamlining touchless travel for its frequent flyers.
In the Star Alliance, Miles&Smiles members can register 24 hours before departure to benefit from contactless travel at all participating airports or on relevant airlines, however have total freedom over which can use their personal data.
Biometric identification is proven to not be as effective among children, with a recent study confirming the most challenging age group being the under 4 years.
Despite this, common biometric modalities – fingerprint, iris and face recognition – are highly skilled in recognising adults and embedded into practical healthcare treatments and administrative practices.
The commissioned report comments on a prospective clinical trial researching the accuracy of biometrics in newborns and young children for vaccinations and registration at birth. Standard devices used upon children are widely non-accurate however amid a possible wave of promising technologies in the market, some countries are enforcing registered births using biometrics. The standard of adult recognition is sufficiently regulated and technically advanced to be used for national ID programs and use by private companies.
Enrolments in clinical settings are currently held back by a lack of infant compliance and carer consent as two ethical requirements which must be sought.
The lower bound of child fingerprint and palm prints contributed to the tests on just under 494 children were found to be affected by poor body function in the infants that caused their more delicate skin to deform under the scanner.
The young children participated in clinical testing at a hospital in Tijuana, Mexico from the beginning of January 2028 until September 12, 2019.
In declaration of the high performance of biometric technology used, identity professionals developed “a platen-free optical approach” to support the infant finger with “appropriately sized apertures while allowing the acquisition of high-resolution images of fingerprint minutiae without disrupting the finger surface”.
From 15 days to 30 days into the trial, quantitative analysis demonstrated an improved recognition rate across the modalities at an acceptable standard for clinical practice. Early scanning or delayed intervals were detrimental to accurate results in conjunction with the effect of skin losing density over time.
Free space fingerprinting could improve identification for newborns and children during vaccinations. The report also suggested that re-enrollment could help to simplifying biometric scanning as ageing takes place.
The findings of nine trials, which tested age verification technology in retail environments, have revealed an appetite to use digital age assessment in the sale of alcohol to over 18s only.
The series of trials were led by the UK Home Office and Office for Product Safety and Standards to assess innovative approaches to age verification using digital ID or age estimation technologies.
Compared to the use of age estimation at self-serve checkouts, trials of digital ID apps received much lower uptake.
The accuracy of the facial estimation technology was undetermined by the trial which did indicate that environmental factors could affect a reliable result. Facial estimation technologies are not as accurate as facial biometrics which are commonly implemented across the travel and private sectors. However, the trial suggested age estimation technologies could be more favourable to digital ID, especially for young people purchasing alcohol. reducing queue times in shops or into licensed premises.
The exploration of different age verification options will help to inform decisions to enhance robust monitoring of retail environments that are licensed to sell age protected products.
The new year, 2023, has officially begun, so what’s in the pipeline for our partners in identity?
The much-talked-about arrival of a single European ID wallet, to store all modern digital credentials, promises to one of the greatest deployments in 2023. The wallet will be launched in September with member states being required to make it accessible to every EU citizen who wants one.
The benefits will be widely felt by enterprises, citizens, governments, unifying key digital credentials and common forms of ID across members states. A recognised e-ID has still not been adopted by all EU states to eliminate bad actors during authentication, despite formal trust frameworks – namely the eIDAS Regulation – being enacted in 2014. Pre-existing
eIDAS, summarised in the words of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, should “secure European e-Identity” so any citizen can travel or make a transaction “anywhere in Europe…a technology where we can control ourselves what data and how data is used.”
With multi-facets for storing digital credentials, the wallet be underpinned by interoperability with different service functions, including the exchange of health records, travel documents, and electronic ID for public and private use.
Forbes’ predictions for 2023 mount pressure on global as well as region-specific development and adoption of verifiable digital identities that block out fraud and enable the user more autonomy over their personal data.
HMRC looks set to migrate to the government’s One Login digital identity service, guiding users to secure authentication when accessing their services.
iProov predicts that 2023 will be another year of seismic innovation combating new problems.
Biometric devices will overshadow password usage for two-factor authentication
Meanwhile the threatening levels of synthetic identity fraud will still pressure vendor solutions and break records
Travel disruption 3 years on from the start of the pandemic will be curbed by enabling and enforcing remote ID checks
Liveness checks will become mandatory for online identity verification in financial services
The Metaverse giving way to an unprecedented wave of identity theft and cybercrime
More trust frameworks and privacy focused government digital identity schemes
Websites and enterprises will adopt identity verification as a defensive tool
After an initial trial period, the first phase of facial recognition deployment has kicked off at Abu Dhabi airport.
Although not completely phased out, passports are increasingly becoming a back-up means of identity proof. The proficiency of this high-tech, rolled out across most international airports, omits manual security checks.
NEXT50, an AI tech company based in Abu Dhabi, is one of the system contractors partnering with IDEMIA, a leader in intelligent identity technologies to refit self-service baggage touchpoints and border control e-gates.
Ibrahim Al Mannaee, CEO of NEXT50 said: “Once the project is fully realised, the airport will be the only airport in the region with biometric solutions implemented across all customer touchpoints, contributing to Abu Dhabi Airport’s vision to become the operator of the most technology-driven airport in the world, providing a seamless journey to all its passengers. We are proud to be joining forces with IDEMIA and SITA and offering our expertise in artificial intelligence and data sciences to make this initiative a reality”.
Setting out higher standards for online safety and data privacy, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and Ofcom have released joint statements pledging to strengthen their collaboration to promote compliance.
The statement sets out “twofold” ambitions to ensure providers feel they have a responsibility to comply with regulation to protect online users which in turn will instil confidence in the user that their data privacy is being upheld.
The scrutiny on providers of online services comes in preparation for the new year when Ofcom will take on additional regulatory duties.
The ICO is in the process of publishing data protection guidances on the use of age verification technologies to block harmful online content to younger users, in which Ofcom will play a role.
In 2021, over 62% of UK internet users reported that they had experienced at least one instance of harmful behaviour or content online in the previous month.
Joining forces, The Police Digital Service, Home Office Biometrics and forensic experts are delivering a ground-breaking new digital system for fingerprints.
The system is integrated with Xchange, a cloud-based platform developed for the Police Digital Service by the Transforming Forensics programme. Its infrastructure supports systems used throughout policing, connecting agencies and forces together securely and enabling them to access forensic tools and share data and information.
This follows its integration with a national automated fingerprint system called IDENT1, improving the International Crime Bureau’s capability to receive fingerprints quickly as part of the Prüm Provision. The Prum Provision is a law enforcement treaty which envisions and facilities the EU-UK exchange of biometric data used to bring about criminal justice cases and convictions.
Despite being an airport security procedure that most people are familiar with, the routine of having to remove large devices and liquids under 500ml from luggage can be cumbersome to any customers’ journey.
Xray scanners have evolved to take the hassle out of travelling with the best-in-class detection software to screen items that are kept inside bags. Over the next 18 months, the easing of restrictions over liquids and large devices like laptops will begin a shake-up at UK airports.
The advances of airport security systems mean that passengers will no longer be required to remove these items from their hand or carry-on luggage and 2 litre containers of liquids will be accepted.
The rules were introduced in 2006, only permitting liquids up to 100ml in sealed bags.
Major airports such as London’s Heathrow and Gatwick are already fitted with computerised tomography equipment which will speed up security checks by 50 to 60 times.
ABTA’s Director of Public Affairs, Luke Petherbridge, has given his testimony during the House of Lords committee to discuss the impact on travel after the UK left the European Union. The EU’s entry biometric system is impending next May.
He expressed concerns that with the provision of more seamless systems to process EU travellers, UK citizens could face delays when submitting their biometric data. The changes have been forthcoming since Britain’s EU exit impacting travel and trade. The address acknowledges the different treatment of the UK for example with the mobility of workers and businesses.
The impact of Brexit on tourism was also blamed for less seamless operations in the travel industry and more restrictions on visits to the EU, passport stamping and additional lanes at airports.
Rather than taking a few seconds to pass through security, the process is minutes slower for UK citizens, according to Travel Weekly. When questioned on the possibility of UK passengers being deterred from the EU, Luke stated that many travellers were still willing to to travel despite more cumbersome entry checks. The introduction of the EU’s e-visa scheme and biometric schemes expected in 2023 can be compared to the US ESTA program.
The European digital identity, stored in a wallet, will enable EU residents and citizens to verify their identity to access public or private services, safely sharing appropriate personal data. The tool will go a long way to instilling trust to residents and businesses, where there has previously been a vacant awareness of how personal information is used by government and private entities. A bonus for members of the European Union is the fact that the wallet – storing numerous digital credentials including driving licences, medical documents and even career documents – will be interoperable across all EU countries. Rollout is expected to commence in 2023. The commission outlined the premise of a legislative proposal in June 2021, which has been directed for review by the European Parliament and member states in negotiations.
Belgium plans rollout of digital ID wallet in 2023
Belgium’s myID.be wallet will be enhanced to contain more digital verified credentials including the national citizen card to carry out transactions and access to services.
Brussels’ digital identity program
In keeping with the influx of wallets, Brussels are reportedly piloting their own “digital identity system”, which has been described in less than glowing terms as a “Trojan horse” which will allow the government to steal personal data. The app on mobile phones can contain information that the user wants to upload, such as medical information, legal documents, career documents or electronic payment cards. The accusation pointed at Europe is that it will follow in the footsteps of China in monitoring its citizens digital footprint and compromise data privacy.
Munich Airport to upgrade face biometric systems
Modernisation efforts are underway in Munich Airport, Terminal 2 to install the best-performing biometric systems on the market at the central security checkpoint. The works are set to be completed by Autumn 2024. Travellers will get to experience super streamlined processing of baggage as well as verification of their identity and immigration status.
It is understood by this publication that 15 new security screening lanes will be introduced at the airport with CT scanners.
Arriving at the airport without lengthy check-in and security procedures could be a closer reality than we think.
The IATA has updated industry standards stipulating the requirements of biometric-enabled technology in airports and in the advanced passenger experience.
An extension of the One ID initiative, which was devised between airlines and the IATA to digitalise the passenger journey, the recommendations will also enable complete airport procedures quicker and more seamlessly to any international destination without having to carry and physical documents like passports.
The digital passenger journey is often considered to start from when a passenger shares advanced identity information through to being processed at every biometric touchpoint in the airport.
While we have not seen the complete departure from paper documents, boarding passes can be connected to biometric identifiers, as well as passports alone.
The Digitalisation of Admissibility practice incorporates a clear mechanism to be able to obtain necessary digital documents prior to departure.
Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Operations, Safety and Security, reiterated the top demand of passengers: making travel simpler.
He said” “By enabling passengers to prove their admissibility to their airline before they get to the airport, we are taking a major step forward”.
It has been a permeated myth that because passengers desire more seamless journeys, providing advanced immigration data before travel is an inconvenience.
The recent Global Passenger survey conducted by IATA found that in fact 83% of travellers are willing to share pre-information to prove their identity for expedited processing.
He continued: “That is why we are confident this (seamless travel) will be a popular option for travellers when it is implemented. And there is good incentive for airlines and governments as well with improved data quality, streamlined resourcing requirements and identification of admissibility issues before passengers get to the airport”.
Louise Cole, IATA’s Head Customer Experience and Facilitation said the standards reach a consensus over allowing passengers to be fully in control of their own data. Data would only be requested for visa applications on a “need-to-know basis” and large databases “need protecting”.
“While a government may request detailed personal information to issue a visa, the only information that will be shared with the airline is that the traveler has a visa and under which conditions”.
Passengers would be instructed to declare their “OK to Fly” status with their airline.
In the years ahead, passengers will have more digital admin options to prove who they are before travel, including:
Create a verifiable digital identity on their smart phone using their airline app.
Using their digital identity to send required authentication documents to authorities in advance of travel
Receive a digital approval of admission in their digital identity app.
Share their verified ID credential with the airline, omitting any sharing of personal data.
Receive confirmation from their airline to travel
The Digitalisation of Admissibility correlates with the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) standards, including for the Digital Travel Credential.
Digital processing will not eliminate manual procedures either so some passengers can opt out of digital admissibility processing.
At Identity Week America in Washington, we posed questions to Hoan Ton-That, CEO of Clearview AI, first asking him what role the company plays in enabling facial recognition.
In this fascinating interview, he talked through how we can mitigate bias in facial recognition technology across different demographic groups after recently being awarded a U.S. Patent for achieving a highly accurate, bias-free facial recognition algorithm.
Focusing on a particular use case, law enforcement, Clearview AI has developed a revolutionary, web-based intelligence platform powered by AI facial recognition that harbours the largest known database of 30+ billion facial images outsourced from public websites. These public images can be used to form a public database to compare and identify profiles of potential offenders, leading to prosecutions or cases closed.
We asked ” can you describe your newer use study to help exonerate suspects as well as to help prosecutions?”
More than 600 law enforcement agencies started using Clearview’s services in the year 2019-2020.
CEO and Founder, Hoan Ton-That took to our stages in a few sessions across the conference to talk about the future of this technology for national security and explain what sort of approach to innovation the industry should advocate.
E-wallets are pioneering technology capable of digitally storing ID, driving licences, biometric documents and payment cards all in one place for frictionless use and access to services.
The satisfaction of e-wallet users is compounded by the statistics that in a recent survey revealed that more than 50% of Brazilian people are utilising digital credentials on their smartphone, including 25% uploading the national Carta de Identidade Nacional ID card.
Digital ID wallet mania has exploded with a few examples including AliPay which has now integrated with China’s main cypto provider, Digital Yuan, to facilitate express payments for e-commerce websites. The fresh announcement was made today (Tuesday, December 13) by Ant Group’s Chief Compliance Officer, Li Chen.
The EU-wallet is also making significant headway as it embarks on the next stage of approving legislation on common technical standards for the issuance and usage of the wallet for EU citizens. The project has a 4 year timeline to provide “universal access for people and businesses to secure and trustworthy electronic identification and authentication”, meaning data protection and controlled sharing of identity data is a high consideration.
Revealed in the survey, 46% of the Brazilian population use biometric fingerprint recognition to tap digital services and login to their device, with fingerprint recognition out performing use of iris (5%) and voice recognition (4%) as a step-up from traditional passwords.
The survey also indicates that facial recognition is a common and popular method of authentication with 37% of respondents in agreement.
TECH5, an innovator in the field of biometrics and digital identity management, has launched its biometric face capture technology for web Interfaces – T5-AirSnap Face Web – making it immediately available in the form of a technology SDK to its certified partners across the globe. This AI-based innovation, supported by all major browsers, allows for accurate and secure face biometric capture using a web interface, preventing spoofing attacks and collecting biometric data of exceptionally high quality with the minimum hardware required.
Part of the Contactless biometric capture offering of TECH5, T5-AirSnap Face Web is an assisted facial image capture technology powered by AI and deep learning, allowing for accurate biometric acquisition using a web camera and a web interface. The technology performs face detection, capture, liveness check, check and enhancement of the quality of the captured images, and then packages and sends the data to a central identity management system for registration, matching, or verification within seconds.
During capture, T5-AirSnap Face Web analyses such features as closed or opened eyes, closed or open mouth, smile, distance between eyes, as well as detecting face masks, glasses, multiple faces present in the frame, and more.
The entirely frictionless process ensures that the data is taken from a real person and that the image(s) are of acceptable quality – the built-in quality check algorithm allows users to capture only good quality ISO and ICAO compliant images, which meet the criteria required by liveness and matching technologies and are well suited for digital onboarding and verification. T5-AirSnap Face Web is fully interoperable and can be easily integrated into any existing infrastructure or ecosystem.
Earlier, TECH5 launched T5-AirSnap Finger and T5-AirSnap Face for contactless biometric capture using mobile phones. “This new functionality makes the T5-AirSnap technology offering complete, making contactless capture available not only on mobile devices but also via web interface. It can be used for a wide range of use cases – from digital onboarding and verification for banking, to national ID programmes, and does not require any specific equipment, making the entire process highly-scalable and cost-effective.” – says Rahul Parthe, Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO of TECH5.
Currently, all contactless capture technologies of TECH5: T5-AirSnap Face for mobile devices and web interfaces, as well as T5-AirSnap Finger for contactless fingerprint capture using mobile devices, are available for partners and customers of TECH5 globally, and already implemented in various projects.
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The Louisiana Age Verification Law, due to come into force in January, will sanction companies that do not take accountability for protecting young users against harmful content online.
Despite the advancements of the metaverse and Web 3.0, the internet is still a largely unregulated haven of unsuitable content for children. Now parents will be able to pursue a civil case against corporate entities that do not build a verification barrier.
Internet providers and high-profile social media networks that some may argue are distributors of harmful content are exempt from this law which targets mainly content creators. The legislation cracks down on sites that “contain a substantial portion” or 33.3% of pornographic material.
Moreover, Louisiana is one of the increasing number of regulators that are taking tough measures to prevent data exploitation and sharing with third parties. Accepted forms of ID to access adult sites include a valid drivers’ license, state-issued ID card or other commercial solution that obtains public or private transferrable data to confirm an individual’s age, however after verification, companies must not retain any personal data.
Yoti is an age estimation face biometric company that provides assurance to companies when onboarding customers or allowing access to online content. Recently, Yoti and Meta announced a UK- wide face age verification rollout designed to prevent underage user accounts.
Pioneering biometric technology is to be deployed in two airports in India’s capital to streamline the customer entry-exit journey – also upholding security and privacy with the handling of passenger data.
Bangalore and Varanasi airports will be the first to receive the facial biometric app, DigiYatra. The rollout will move onto airports in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune and Vijayawada by March 2023.
The app will ensure a touchless and seamless experience for the customer when onboarding their advanced passenger information, verifying their identity and scanning their boarding pass at any of these airports.
India’s The Parliamentary Standing Committee formally recommended that parliament leverage biometrics in a report to limit crowding and large queues at airports. The committee conceded that the current system was outdated using Door Frame Metal Detectors and Hand Held Metal Detectors instead of touchless and less invasive biometric technology.
The proposal for full-body biometric scanners is not new; the Ministry of Civil Aviation conducted a pilot project at Hyderabad airport in 2016.