(via Mobile ID World) – Reports of the demise of the well-known traveler digital identity project are greatly exaggerated, according to Transport Canada.
First announced in 2018, the KTDI initiative was, and apparently still is, a collaboration between several government entities, the World Economic Forum, INTERPOL and Accenture, with the governments of Canada and the Netherlands as actors key Their goal was to develop a digital identification system for travelers flying between countries, storing the data through a cryptographically secure distributed registry system.
The following year brought a related development with the announcement of a partnership between the World Travel & Tourism Council and the WEF that would focus on the use of biometric technology to improve security and the passenger experience at airports . In announcing the partnership, the WTTC framed it as one that was complementary to the WEF’s Known Traveler digital identity program.
The ensuing pandemic appeared to halt that momentum, with at least one report concluding this year that the KTDI initiative had been quietly put on hiatus, seen as a casualty of the collapse of cryptocurrency markets. But even in that report, Transport Canada spokeswoman Sau Sau Liu insisted her organization was considered in the “early planning stages” of the project.
Now another Transport Canada spokesperson, Hicham Ayoun, is going even further, telling The Epoch Times that “[all] The partners remain committed to working together to close the project and disseminate the knowledge gained through this initiative.” Ayoun acknowledged that there had been a hiatus in the program, but explained that the aviation industry partners , however, continued with their own trials of biometric and digital identity technologies, and Ayoun stated that some of the lessons already learned from the KTDI initiative were outlined in a 2021 WEF White Paper titled “Accelerating the Transition to Digital Credentials for Travel”.
In addition, Ayoun said the Canadian government would reveal new details on innovative pilot projects involving stakeholders from the Canadian air travel industry to be revealed this spring. KTDI is still shrouded in fog, but at least something seems to be happening with the program, with more details to be revealed soon.
Source: The Epoch Times