The International Civil Aviation Organization is currently working on the next evolution of the ePassport standard, which was initially implemented in 2005.
This future version will introduce the ability to add data to the electronic component of the passport post issue, in order to load and read information such as biometric data or electronic visas and entry/exit stamps during its lifetime. This storage area, also known as Logical Data Structure version 2.0 (LDS2) is to be standardized in early 2016.
LDS2 will further enhance the benefits of modern, integrated visa management and border management systems. It is a huge opportunity to expedite inspection while also enhancing security by enabling immigration officers to quickly and efficiently check passengers’ visa and travel history by retrieving data from the chip.
Because ePassports are contactless documents and in the hands of close to 600 million travelers as of today, LDS2 can do much more than transform visa and border control ecosystems. For example, airlines could use biometrics to securely grant access to their VIP lounges or use a passenger’s travel history for more targeted communications. Duty free operators could also leverage the passport data for promotional activities. These use cases are of course subject to privacy regulations.
As the industry moves forward, it is clear that all stakeholders have to start considering how to manage and leverage the impending evolution of travel documents and associated systems.
The fourth generation of ePassport, looking at the future of travel
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