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Idemia demonstrates biometric Digital Travel Credentials with airline partner at ICAO event


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Idemia demonstrated what it calls a breakthrough innovation with its Digital Travel Credentials (DTC), enabling passengers to speed through all airport touchpoints through digital ID secured with biometrics, at a recent virtual conference hosted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The demonstration was carried out in collaboration with an airline partner, and showed a simulation leveraging the company’s latest Mobile ID and passenger flow facilitation solutions for check-in and smart boarding processes.

Idemia can now deliver its DTC Versions 1 and 2 to implement travel documents like passports on smartphones for faster and more convenient passage through airport processes and eGates, according to the announcement. The solution treats private data with the same level of security as in paper documents, the company says.

“This DTC demonstrator illustrates the innovative capabilities of IDEMIA to perform a highly secure, reliable and smooth identity verification of travelers at airports,” Idemia Group Executive Vice President for Public Security & Identity Philippe Barreau says. “Coupled with automated gates, DTC both reduce waiting time and ensure a pleasant passenger journey. We are very proud to carry out this first-of-the-kind experimentation that confirms IDEMIA’s technological leadership in the ID market and open the path for a new way of traveling in the future.”

Idemia cites IATA’s 2019 Global Passenger Survey’s findings that 72 percent of passengers are in favor of automated gates and 70 percent are willing to increase their use of biometrics.

The DTC works with a national digital ID app to ensure data accuracy, Idemia says, and can be set up from home or in-person with assistance from an issuing authority. The app reads the electronic chips embedded in passenger passports to retrieve private data in compliance with IATA standards, so that identity can be authenticated with facial recognition.

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