WEF Trials Blockchain in Bid to Boost Air Travel Security

The World Economic Forum is working with the Canadian and Dutch governments to pilot a digital identity project that focuses in part on blockchain. The Known Traveller Digital Identity initiative is aimed at using technologies like blockchain and biometrics to improve the security around international air travel. According to the group, an ever-swelling number of travelers - international travel is expected to climb to 1.8 billion people annually by 2013, per figures cited by the WEF - underlies the need for more efficient processes. "With travellers providing access to verified personal biometric, biographic and historical travel data at their discretion, they can assist authorities to undertake risk assessments and pre-screening in advance: essentially verifying their identities and providing secure and seamless movement throughout their journey using biometric recognition technology."
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