Canada to Test Advancements in Biometrics and Blockchain to Welcome International Travellers The Government of Canada announced it will pioneer the testing of the Known Traveller Digital Identity system, a concept that improves security and the seamless flow of people across borders; The Known Traveller Digital Identity utilises biometrics, cryptography and distributed ledger technology to give travellers control over, and the ability to share their information with authorities in advance of travel for expedited clearance, while building trust between public authorities to improve risk and threat detection – Davos The Government of Canada will collaborate with the World Economic Forum and partners to test emerging digital technologies and their application to air travel. Following the launch of a Known Traveller Digital Identity prototype, the Government of Canada will design a proof of concept pilot project between two countries, demonstrating the potential of emerging biometrics and distributed ledger technologies and their impact on facilitating secure and seamless air travel.

The Government of Canada is proud to be working with the Kingdom of the Netherlands to explore opportunities for demonstrating the potential of digital identity systems to engender trust and cooperation between international partners. The launch of the Known Traveller Digital Identity prototype is the first step in an ambitious roadmap for public and private sector leaders to start small and scale fast to radically transform the border-crossing experience for the majority of legitimate travellers.

By 2030, international air arrivals are expected to reach 1.8 billion passengers, a 50% increase from the 1.2 billion arrivals recorded in 2016. According to a new report by the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Accenture, to accommodate this growth the public and private sectors will need to address infrastructure, human resource, and procedural constraints, while at the same time maintaining national and international security standards.

This requires an integrated and trusted approach between governments and the private sector underpinned by emerging technologies and innovations. “Innovation is key to enhancing global competitiveness, mobility and productivity.

Leveraging new technological advancements can support risk-based approaches to public safety and security, making air travel more efficient while improving the travel experience” says Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau. The Known Traveller concept is founded on the principle that an individual traveller has control over the use of their own identity and its components. Read more from…

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