Digital identity : a new technology put to the test in airports

News 28 January, 2018
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    The canadian government will test a new security system in airports, allowing travelers to scan and to share in advance their travel documents, and that their personal details to the customs authorities.

    Launched at the Davos world economic Forum which ended Thursday, the system “Known Traveller Digital Identity” that aims to exploit emerging technologies such as biometrics, cryptography, and artificial intelligence to enhance border security, reduce the threats of cyber terrorism, and ensure the smoothness of the movements of travellers, has announced that Transport Canada during the last week.

    The netherlands will actively participate in the pilot project. Many partners such as the department of homeland Security of the United States, the national Agency of fight against crime of the Uk, Interpol, Google and Visa have also joined the project.

    The system will enable travellers to submit their information to the governments and travel suppliers using personal mobile devices.

    By simplifying and speeding up the airport process for trusted travellers, the authorities want to concentrate more time and energy to review the information in risk passengers.

    This project should also help the authorities to cope with a flood of travellers in constant growth. By 2030, the canadian government predicts that the number of people who will arrive by plane from abroad is expected to reach 1.8 billion on an annual basis, which represents an increase of 50% compared with 2016.