• The Noida International Airport (NIA) at Jewar is all set to become India’s first digital airport.
  • A digital airport will offer paperless and contactless services across all checkpoints in line to its passengers.
  • The digital services provided by the NIA will be in line with the central government’s DigiYatra Policy.

The Noida International Airport (NIA) at Jewar, which is currently under construction, is all set to become India’s first digital airport. This aviation hub will offer paperless and contactless services across all checkpoints in line to its passengers.
Not only will such an airport eliminate long lines for ID verification, it will also save the effort of printing tickets and boarding passes and fishing them out at multiple checkpoints.

The first airport in India to facilitate it is Yamuna International Airport Private (YIAPL), which is coming up at Jewar.

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What’s a digital airport?

A digital airport would have a one-time verification at the checkpoints for the first time using the ID. This will be stored in DigiYatra ID.

After the one-tie verification, the passengers will undergo automatic digital processing based on facial recognition system at checkpoints like; entry-point check, entry into security check, and aircraft boarding.

Additionally, this will also facilitate self-bag drop and check-in, using facial recognition to identify pax and data recall. Digi Yatra will facilitate paperless travel and avoid identity check at multiple points.

To accomplish this, NIA selected global technology firm ICAD Holding as its master system integrator (MSI) consultant and partnered with Indian IT major Wipro which will act as a sub-consultant to the global tech company.

An MSI enables all the technical systems, with all of their disparate parts and pieces to work cohesively and work as designed, throughout its lifespan.

ICAD will support NIA with the systems integration design, integration programme management and integration of ICT and airport systems. It will also lead the core airport systems implementation and integration.

Hassle-free and paperless

These digital services will be in line with the central government’s DigiYatra policy. Released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation in 2018, the initiative seeks to promote paperless and hassle-free air travel.

“India is an emerging market and we at the ICAD Group will work closely with YIAPL and other airport companies, Airports Authority of India (AAI) to deliver signature airport projects in India through the Indian subsidiary,” said Ghassan Sayegh, group CEO, ICAD.

The airport project is all set to complete by December 2024, said Feroz Mehdi, director at ICAD said at the press conference.

The airport will also be environment friendly with zero-emissions. It intends to maximize the use of renewable energy sources such as solar power, and implement processes for water treatment and recycling.

The airport also aspires to be a ‘green airport’ as it promised to preserve all the native species.

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