PROTECT – We Are Not Alone
It is rare that innovation springs from a single talented individual or group. Often several teams are working on the same idea and this can be competitive or supportive, depending on how you look at it. So it is with the development of a contactless, walk/drive-through biometric border control system using ePassports and mobile devices.
As usual, our Australian colleagues are ahead of the game with their desire to use a passport-less border system and a number of identity technology companies are moving towards mobile phones as passports or identity cards. The USA now has a mobile app for sending immigration data and customs declarations via the internet.
We at PROTECT note with some pleasure a recent set of press releases which reveal that UK start-up company ObjectTech has partnered with the Immigration Department in Dubai (GDRFA - General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners' Affairs) to produce something that looks very close to PROTECT’s vision.
ObjectTech’s website contains the following announcement:
“The agreement means that ObjectTech is working in partnership with Dubai's Immigration and Visas Department (GDRFA - General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners' Affairs) to create the world's first ‘gate-less border’, combing the power of biometric verification and the immutability of blockchain technology.
This will mean passengers arriving in Dubai Airport will be able to step off their flight and walk straight to baggage reclaim via biometric verification whilst they walk - allowing them to be registered into the country using a pre-approved and entirely digitised passport.
Seamless entry at international airports has been an idea for many years, but it is the advent of the identity trust framework provided by blockchain technology which means for the first time, this is now possible.
ObjectTech is working closely with ISO on the standardisation of blockchain technology - with CEO Paul Ferris sitting as the Chair of the identity working group. Standardisation is vital for a global identity system which will stand the test of time, and expand our collaborative approach worldwide.”
The inclusion of blockchain technology makes this initiative even more interesting.
The announcement received a good deal of coverage in the UK press and on websites devoted to identity, border control and biometrics.
It is good to know that the PROTECT concept is not just futuristic science fiction but is actually being pursued in various forms around the world. Today.
Intrepid Minds Ltd