18 NOVEMBER 2019
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The World Economic Forum (WEF) and the governments of the Netherlands and Canada met at Montreal Airport last week to launch the first pilot project for paperless travel between the two countries.
Known as Traveller Digital Identity (KTDI), it is the first platform to use a traveller-managed digital identity. It has been integrated with partner systems and tested internally throughout 2019, with the first end-to-end journey expected early next year.
Officials say the pilot initiative is a collaboration between government and industry – border authorities, airports, technology providers and airlines – to create an interoperable system for secure and seamless travel.
WEF head of mobility Christoph Wolff said: “By 2030, international air travel is expected to rise to 1.8bn passengers, up 50% from 2016. With current systems, airports cannot keep up.
“This project offers a solution. By using inter-operable digital identities, passengers benefit from a holistic system for secure and seamless travel. It will shape the future of aviation and security.”
Partners in the pilot group with Canada and the Netherlands are Air Canada, KLM, Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
The group is supported by technology and advisory partner Accenture, with Vision Box and Idemia as technology component service providers.
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