A new airport in Jewar, Uttar Pradesh, is being built from the ground up with an eye toward digital transformation. Noida International Airport (NIA) at Jewar is set to open at the tail end of 2024, and will offer a contactless passenger journey as soon as its doors open to the public.
In that regard, NIA will take advantage of India’s new Digi Yatra system, which was first discussed in 2018 and is set to roll out to seven airports before the end of this summer. Those who register will be assigned a unique Digi Yatra ID that is linked to their biographic information and a facial biometric image.
That image will allow people to pass through airport checkpoints without needing to show a boarding pass or any other physical documentation. People will be verified with a facial recognition scan, and will be able to check in, drop their bags, and pass through security and a boarding gate without handing anything to an agent or touching physical airport infrastructure.
At NIA, the system is expected to cut down on printing costs associated with boarding passes. ICAD Holding is acting as the airport’s master system integrator for the project, and is bringing along the IT specialist Wipro as a partner and a sub-consultant. Together, ICAD and Wipro will ensure that the different components are interoperable with one another, and integrated with the rest of the airport itself.
NIA is supposed to be India’s first fully digital airport, and is supposed to operate with net zero emissions once it is completed. In that regard, the project is one of several that speaks to the digital transformation trend in air travel. For example, SITA is currently working with Siemens to build a digital-by-design terminal in Kansas City, while Innovatrics is providing facial recognition tech for a new airport in Honduras.
Source: Business Insider
June 29, 2022 – by Eric Weiss