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Replacing a conventional passport with digital travel credentials

November 12, 2020 – News and Features by ICAO

This article was written by ICAO’s Traveller Identification Programme in collaboration with New Technologies Working Group, Digital Travel Credential Sub-Group.

In recent years, industry and governments have been exploring ways to use digital traveller information more effectively to be able to facilitate people through the various airport checkpoints in a more seamless and customer-centric way. An increasing number of proprietary global passenger facilitation schemes have emerged that utilise digital identity credentials, carrying the inherent risk that solutions will not be globally interoperable – specifically in the traveller identification space.

In response to this fast-moving landscape, the ICAO’s New Technologies Working Group (NTWG) established a subgroup to standardise the issuance of travel credentials in a digital format. In developing these technical specifications and policies, the ePassport is used as the benchmark given that it offers a secure, portable and verifiable token.

A digital travel credential (DTC) is intended to temporarily or permanently substitute a conventional passport with a digital representation of the traveller’s identity, which can, in turn, be validated using the travel document issuing authority’s public key infrastructure.

The current security of the ePassport results from the ability to verify: the authenticity of data; and the consistency of the physical and electronic information. The digitized data stored on the chip is identical to the printed information (the exception being the optional secondary biometrics and some special data groups) and ties the data on the chip to the holder of the document through a process of matching the primary biometric to the presenter of the Passport. Comparison of digitized data stored on the chip to the printed information on the data page provides the binding with the secure physical document.

To ensure integrity and authenticity can be validated to the same level of security as an ePassport, the DTC approach is based on a ‘hybrid’ concept, in which the DTC will consist of a Virtual Component (DTC-VC) containing the digital representation of the holder’s identity and one Physical Component (DTC-PC) that is securely linked to the Virtual Component. The DTC-VC does not have any copy protection or access control protection as it is a simple file structure.

The DTC can be implemented in three types:

Type 1 – eMRTD bound DTC – consist of a DTC-VC only, with the eMRTD as a physical authenticator . Which means Data is extracted from the physical ePassport and stored in a digital container (Mobile, smart phone); holder must carry the physical travel document as back-up.

Type 2 – eMRTD- PC bound – consists of DTC-VC and an DTC-PC in addition to the eMRTD : Data is extracted from the issuer database and digitally signed by the issuing authority; the DTC digital container (mobile)  is the primary back-up, physical book is an alternate back-up.

Type 3 – PC bound – consists of a DTC-VC and a DTC-PC but NO eMRTD : The issuing authority would only issue the traveler with a DTC and no physical book. The DTC can be stored.

We have the pleasure to announce that the specifications for Type 1 DTC have been endorsed by the ICAO Technical Advisory Group for the Traveller Identification Programme (TAG/TRIP) and will be published on the ICAO website along with the Guiding Core Principles for the Development of Digital Travel Credential (DTC).

The main objective of TAG/TRIP and its subsidiary working groups, the Implementation and Capacity Building Working Group (ICBWG) and the NTWG is to advise and support the ICAO Secretariat in the task of developing policy, recommendations and proposals for the implementation of the ICAO TRIP Strategy, including the development and maintenance of MRTD standards and specifications.

The Advisory Group is appointed by the ICAO Secretary General and consists of government and private sector experts working in the TRIP field assist the Secretariat in implementing the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) Strategy. The Advisory Group consists of government and private sector experts (through ISO) working in the TRIP field.

WorldReach exhibiting at ICAO TRIP Symposium 2019

June 11, 2019

WorldReach is exhibiting at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Fifteenth TRIP Symposium and Exhibition 2019 on June 25-28, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Hosted at ICAO headquarters, this year’s symposium, centred on Bridging the Physical-Digital Document Divide, will address the need for “holistic and integrated approach to traveller identification management.”

An exhibition complements the Symposium, showcasing a broad range of products and services related to travel document security applications. These include border inspection and automated border control systems, and identity management, as such WorldReach’s Know Your Traveller™ (KYT) platform.

WorldReach’s KYT platform, specifically the use cases for Secure ETA, eVisa and other immigration programs, can be used to establish and confirm the identity of travellers via their smartphones through the use of remote biometric and biographic capture, facial recognition and liveness detection, and ePassport authentication.

If you’re attending the show, we’d love to see you at our WorldReach booth on the 5th floor – #68. If you would like to set up a meeting with a WorldReach executive, please contact us directly.

For further information about the symposium, please visit: https://www.icao.int/Meetings/TRIP-Symposium-2019/Pages/default.aspx

About WorldReach Software

WorldReach Software helps ensure traveller safety and security worldwide through its systems for government immigration, visa, passport, border management, and consular organisations. We supply secure eID/Travel Document issuance and remote identity verification services, including best practices and the Know Your Traveller™ (KYT) innovative platform/processes. WorldReach has representation on the ICAO TRIP Implementation and Capacity Building Working Group (ICBWG) for travel documents and border management. We are also members of the Biometrics Institute, the International Border Management & Technologies Association (IBMATA), and is a Strategic Partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) where we are contributing to the IATA OneID initiative. Customers include governments from: Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, St Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands. www.worldreach.com

Press contact:

Shelley Bryen, WorldReach Software,   (613) 742-6482

COULD INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL BE THE ID KILLER APP?

Posted 4 December 2018 at 8:31am by Gary Flood

Air travel is set to rise to 1.8bn journeys a year by 2030, says WorldReach, which is working with Canada and the Home Office to start us moving to automatic biometric-supported travel

Want a use case for extended public and commercial use of working Digital ID?

If access to useful public services doesn’t do it for you – how about how much of a hassle it is taking a flight these days?

That’s the view, at least, of a Digital Identity vendor that is actually doing such work on the ground – WorldReach Software Corporation, a Canadian ID firm that works with national governments to help them achieve such things as improve the security and facilitation of immigration and border management services, including moving to seamless borders for low risk travellers, provide innovative approaches and digital options for passport services delivery and issuance and remote identity verification capabilities for use in digital service delivery or federated ID programmes.

And at last week’s successful Think Digital Identity For Government 2018 conference in Westminster, its Director, UK, Jon Payne, explained how his company is working with Canadian authorities to see how quickly technology can help a situation where 2016’s total of 1.3bn cross-border travel is set to rise to more like 1.8bn by 2030 – without any real possibility of airports or ports expanding their footprint to cope.

“We are moving towards virtual borders where we will try and get more data before you travel to cross my border so I can concentrate on the cases I need to and make it easier for the majority of travellers to get through in acceptable time,” he told well-known computer journalist David Bicknell on-stage in a special session on ‘Remote Identity Verification’.

Such virtual borders are likely to be delivered through extensive use of biometrics, which will be captured prior to travel in most cases, said Payne, who worked at the Home Office for 18 years before moving into the private sector.

The good news is that there are a number of international travel and tourism initiatives at cross-governmental level actively working on integrating Digital ID and biometrics (and other techniques), he told delegates at the very full session, including the ICAO’s ‘Digital Travel Credentials.’

Canada, he added, has already got quite far down this path, looking to radically improve its older processes and move to a more automatic check-in procedure around its eTA visa-free travel scheme – while Payne revealed that his company is also working with the Home Office to help deliver the Settlement Programme for EU Nationals, a procurement process he said “was one of the quickest I’ve ever seen”.

Answering a question from a delegate, Payne also stated that he believes senior UK government figures have also sat down with Apple leadership to try and get the latter to unblock third-party access to its NFC tech so that the scheme can also be offered on iOS – not, notoriously, as it is now, only available on Android.

Original article: http://www.thinkdigitalpartners.com/news/2018/12/04/international-air-travel-id-killer-app/

WorldReach Exhibiting at ICAO TRIP Symposium 2018

October 23, 2018

(Ottawa, ON) WorldReach is exhibiting at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Fourteenth TRIP Symposium and Exhibition 2018 on October 23-25, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Hosted at ICAO headquarters, this year’s symposium will address the five elements of the ICAO TRIP Strategy, including machine readable travel documents (MRTDs) specifications and best practices for document issuance, identification management and related border security issues.

An exhibition complements the Symposium, showcasing a broad range of products and services related to travel document security applications. These include border inspection and automated border control systems, and identity management, as such WorldReach’s Know Your Traveller™ (KYT) platform.

WorldReach’s KYT platform, specifically the use cases for Secure ETA, eVisa and other immigration programs, can be used to establish and confirm the identity of travellers via their smartphones through the use of remote biometric and biographic capture, facial recognition and liveness detection, and ePassport authentication.

If you’re attending the show, we love to see you at our WorldReach booth on the 5th floor – #65. For further information about the symposium, please visit: https://www.icao.int/Meetings/TRIP-Symposium-2018

 

About WorldReach Software

WorldReach Software helps ensure traveller safety and security worldwide through its systems for government immigration, visa, passport, border management, and consular organisations. We supply secure eID/Travel Document issuance and remote identity verification services, including best practices and the Know Your Traveller™ (KYT) innovative platform/processes. WorldReach has representation on the ICAO TRIP Implementation and Capacity Building Working Group (ICBWG) for travel documents and border management. We are also members of the Biometrics Institute, the International Border Management & Technologies Association (IBMATA), and is a Strategic Partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) where we are contributing to the IATA OneID initiative. Customers include governments from: Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, St Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands. www.worldreach.com

Press contact:

Shelley Bryen, WorldReach Software,   (613) 742-6482

WorldReach to Exhibit at ICAO TRIP Symposium 2017 in Montreal

October 18, 2017

(Ottawa, ON) WorldReach will be exhibiting at the Thirteenth Symposium and Exhibition on the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) on October 24-16, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Symposium will address the five elements of the ICAO TRIP Strategy, including machine readable travel documents (MRTDs) specifications and best practices for document issuance, identification management and related border security issues.

An exhibition will complement the Symposium, showcasing a broad range of products and services related notably to travel document security applications, border inspection and automated border control systems, and identity management, including WorldReach’s Know Your Traveller™ (KYT) platform.

WorldReach’s KYT platform, specifically the use cases for Secure ETA/eVisa, can be used to establish and confirm the identity of travellers through the use of remote biometric and biographic capture, facial recognition and ePassport authentication in the pre-screening cycle of the travel continuum, in keeping with the ICAO TRIP Strategy.

If you’re attending the show, we would be delighted to see you at our WorldReach booth on the 5th floor – #65. For further information about the symposium, please visit: https://www.icao.int/Meetings/TRIP-Symposium-2017

About WorldReach Software

WorldReach Software helps ensure traveller safety and security worldwide through its systems for government immigration, border management and consular organizations as well as individual travellers. Incorporating Know Your Traveller™ (KYT) traveller process innovation, WorldReach supplies consular, passport and eVisa/Electronic Travel Authorization software and fosters best practices used by more than 3000 daily users in over 950 sites worldwide. Customers include government ministries and departments from Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands. For more information contact: www.worldreach.com

Press contact:

Shelley Bryen, WorldReach Software,   (613) 742-6482

WorldReach at ICAO TRIP Regional Seminar Antigua 2017

January 25, 2017

An ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (ICAO TRIP) Regional Seminar will take place from 31 January to 2 February 2017 in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda.

Hosted by Ministry of Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transportation of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, this seminar will address: machine readable travel document (MRTD) standards; specifications and best practices; secure travel document issuance; robust evidence of identity processes; and inform​​​​​ation sharing technologies highly relevant to the execution of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2178 (2014) and 2309 (2016) on combatting foreign terrorist fighters, with a special focus on effective border control management.

Steven Grant, Director of Business Development for WorldReach will be attending this important regional seminar meeting with subject matter experts discussing standards, best practices and key trends within the industry.

If you are attending and interested in setting up a meeting with Steven at this event, please contact us directly.

Additional details on this ICAO TRIP regional seminar can be found by visiting: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/TRIP-Antigua-2017/Pages/default.aspx 

 

About WorldReach Software

WorldReach Software supplies consular, passport and eVisa/Electronic Travel Authorization software and fosters best practices used by more than 3000 daily users in over 950 sites, making it the leading company providing global consular software solutions for Foreign Affairs. WorldReach Software helps ensure traveller safety and security worldwide through its systems for both government consular organizations as well as individual travellers. Customers include government ministries and departments from Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands.For more information contact: www.worldreach.com

Press contact:

Shelley Bryen, WorldReach Software,   (613) 742-6482

WorldReach at Expert Roundtable on Good Practices in Identity Management in Warsaw

December 6, 2016

WorldReach Software is honoured to be an invited participant for the “Expert Roundtable on Good Practices in Identity Management” taking place on 6 and 7 of December 2016 in Warsaw, Poland, hosted by OSCE.

The roundtable has been organized as part of the ongoing consultative process to support the development of a Compendium of Good Practices in Identity Management in the OSCE Region and to support global initiatives led by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aimed at promoting travel document issuance based on verifiable evidence of identity. This expert roundtable will also help raise awareness among relevant experts on good identity management practices, support collection of relevant input for the Compendium and promote cooperation and contacts among identity management institutions and officials.

Steven Grant, Director of Business Development for WorldReach and honoured ICBWG member, will be bringing his industry experience and expertise to this by-invitation-only Identity Management event.

About WorldReach Software

WorldReach Software helps ensure traveller safety and security worldwide through its systems for both government organizations as well as individual travellers. WorldReach supplies consular, passport/ePassport and eVisa/Electronic Travel Authorization software and fosters best practices used by more than 3000 daily users in over 950 sites, making it the leading company providing global consular software solutions for Foreign Affairs.  Customers include government ministries and departments from Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands. For more information contact: www.worldreach.com

Press contact:

Shelley Bryen, WorldReach Software,   (613) 742-6482

WorldReach to Exhibit at ICAO TRIP Symposium in Montreal

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November 10, 2015

(Ottawa, ON) WorldReach will be exhibiting at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) 12th TRIP Symposium on Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs) and Travel Identification Management on November 15-17, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This year’s symposium is focused on the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) Strategy. At the centre of the ICAO TRIP Strategy, the foundations of holistic traveller identification management will be presented and discussed, including how to contribute to the capacity of Member States to uniquely identify individuals by providing tools and knowledge to establish and confirm the identity of travellers.

WorldReach will demonstrate solutions for Emergency Travel Documents, In-country and Overseas ePassport Issuance, Secure Electronic Travel Authorization (Secure ETA) and eVisa. WorldReach’s VisaReach product line, specifically Secure ETA/eVisa, are also tools to establish and confirm the identity of travellers through the use of remote biometric capture in the pre-screening cycle of the travel continuum, in keeping with the ICAO TRIP Strategy.

If you’re attending the show, we would be delighted to see you at our WorldReach booth on the 5th floor – #65. For further information about the symposium, please visit: ICAO TRIP Symposium 2016

About WorldReach Software

WorldReach Software helps ensure traveller safety and security worldwide through its systems for both government consular organizations as well as individual travellers. WorldReach Software supplies consular, passport and eVisa/Electronic Travel Authorization software and fosters best practices used by more than 3000 daily users in over 950 sites, making it the leading company providing global consular software solutions for Foreign Affairs. Customers include government ministries and departments from Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands.For more information contact: www.worldreach.com

Press contact:

Shelley Bryen, WorldReach Software,   (613) 742-6482

WorldReach Moderating at ICAO Traveller Identification Programme Regional Seminar in Nairobi

ICAO Regional Seminar

November 5, 2015

WorldReach is honoured to be moderating sessions at the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (ICAO TRIP/MRTD) Regional Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 10 to 12, 2015. The moderator of  both Session 4 – Document Security and Integrity on Tuesday, November 10th, at 15:45 to 16:45 and Session 6 – Border Controls on Wednesday, November 11th, at 11:15 to 12:25 will be WorldReach’s own Director of Business Development, Steven Grant, who is also a member of the ICAO Technical Advisory Group on Traveller Identification Programme, (TAG/TRIP), Capacity Building and Implementation Working Group.

Session 4 will highlight the current and emerging specifications and security measures designed to minimize document fraud, as well as ICAO specifications for passports, visas and ID cards (Doc 9303, Machine Readable Travel Documents).

Panellists include:

  • Barry Kefauver, Member, ICAO Technical Advisory Group on Traveller Identification Programme (TAG/TRIP), Implementation and Capacity Building Working Group, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) presenting an overview of “ICAO MRTD Specifications: New Seventh Edition, Doc 9303 – Machine Readable Travel Documents”
  • Dr. Gordon Kihalangwa, Director, Immigration, Kenya covering  “Kenya’s eCitizen Programme”
  • Catherine Hamon Sharpe, Assistant Representative (Protection), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) speaking on “Machine Readable Convention on Travel Documents: A Humanitarian Challenge in the Field,”

Session 6 will cover interoperable applications, inspection systems & tools and focus on border integrity and border controls, inspection systems & tools, and interoperable applications that enhance security and the facilitation benefits to Member States. Particular reference will be made to their use in combatting terrorism and trans-border crime. Topics will also touch on watch lists, passport readers and border information systems, the ICAO PKD, traveller data, inter-agency and cross-border information sharing.

Panellists include:

  • Christopher Hornek, Manager, Aviation Security and Facilitation, IATA, Montreal with “An overview of IATA’s API policy in light of UNSCR 2178”
  • Hellen Makau, Aviation Security Inspector, Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority speaking on the topic of “Travel Document Security in Combating Terrorism”
  • Jean Salomon, JSalomon Consulting Partners presenting “Putting Advanced Border Management to Work: Challenges and Opportunities”

Additional details on this ICAO TRIP/MRTD Regional Seminar can be found by visiting: http://www.icao.int/Meetings/mrtd-Nairobi-2015

About WorldReach Software

WorldReach Software supplies consular, passport and eVisa/Electronic Travel Authorization software and fosters best practices used by more than 3000 daily users in over 950 sites, making it the leading company providing global consular software solutions for Foreign Affairs. WorldReach Software helps ensure traveller safety and security worldwide through its systems for both government consular organizations as well as individual travellers. Customers include government ministries and departments from Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands.For more information contact: www.worldreach.com  

Press contact:

Shelley Bryen, WorldReach Software,   (613) 742-6482