Blockchain technology may secure single biometric token for travellers

Published on : Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Smart PhoneSITA is experimenting with blockchain technology to provide a single token to carry through airports in other countries. The technology will provide the passengers with a secure biometric certification, which will eliminate the need to carry several travel documents.



The SITA Lab is currently researching on how to transform one single token into a digital or virtual passport. The research team is also searching for methods to devise a cost effective, simple and easy to carry token.



Jim Peters, the CTO of SITA said, “Now blockchain technology offers us the potential to provide a new way of using biometrics. It could enable biometrics to be used across borders, and at all airports, without the passenger’s details being stored by the various authorities.”



The research is based on a token, containing biometric and personal data, which the passengers will be able to carry in their mobile phones.



SITA Lab has worked with ShoCard, a blockchain start up, during the early demo of the concept at the Air Transport IT Summit in Barcelona.



Founder and CEO of ShoCard, Armin Ebrahimi said, “ShoCard sees a digital revolution when it comes to people providing their verifiable identity information to third parties. Today we are showing how our identity platform, built using the blockchain, combined with SITA’s unique air transport and border management solutions could improve traveller experience while ensuring security.”



He also added, “Blockchain offers a revolutionary approach to computer applications. It fundamentally changes the way we design systems because we can now create decentralized, global, tamper-proof, distributed databases.”



The easy-to-carry biometric token can make international travel a piece of cake for the tourists.

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