Canada – Netherlands Biometric Program Will Facilitate Paperless Cross-border Travel

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Agreement was signed to establish “Known Traveler Digital Identity” program.

Vision-Box and partners have signed an agreement to officially launch the “Known Traveler Digital Identity” service, which will facilitate paperless border clearance between Canada and The Netherlands.

The program will allow travelers flying between the two countries to enjoy a seamless journey, whereby a simple face scan will be enough to identify the passengers boarding a plane at departure, and to clear immigration on arrival. They won’t need to show their travel documents or go through any further checks.

Partners of the initiative are The World Economic Forum and the Governments of Canada and The Netherlands, in collaboration with implementing partners Air Canada, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Toronto Pearson International Airport, and Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, and technology partners Accenture and Vision-Box.

In addition to celebrating the partnership, the agreement signed today formalizes the intent to collaborate, to design and to implement the Known Traveler Digital Identity Pilot Project.

The pilot will be based on the issuance of a digital identity –a Passenger Data Envelope– for each passenger prior to departure, including the self-service enrollment of their biometrics via a dedicated application.

The identity is authenticated by the participating governments, which then virtually travels between the two countries, pre-approving the passenger to clear the border on arrival as a “Known Traveler”, meaning seamlessly, without needing any checks besides a quick face scan on-the-move. This is made possible because the destination authority has been provided with early, trusted and verified information prior to the passenger’s arrival.

This actionable intelligence at the arrival is facilitated by the Vision-Box Orchestra platform already deployed at Schiphol Amsterdam, as part of the Seamless Flow program, allowing automated border control to operate in contactless mode.

This is yet another proof that the public-private collaboration where governments act as trusted identity brokers, is foreseen to become a fundamental pillar of end-to-end seamless travel.

The Known Traveler Digital Identity is a unique example of enhanced intergovernmental and public-private cooperation, motivated by the priority of a seamless traveler experience, realized under a unique interoperable framework of digital identity. By connecting the departure with the arrival of a passenger, the journey is substantially streamlined, avoiding repeated tasks, improving the safety of citizens and optimizing operations.

“This is an important step in the usage of leading-edge technologies at the service of the cross-border movement of people. The Known Traveler Digital Identity is a key initiative in the domain of Identity Digitization, beacon of modern travel. It will contribute to the establishment of standards for global interoperability and privacy-preserving identity management models that will bring significant opportunities for the aviation, travel and tourism industries. This is another key milestone of the delivery of the One iD framework, where our technology and orchestration platform contribute to the concrete expression of modern travel.”, said Miguel Leitmann, Vision-Box CEO.


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