IDEMIA named as technology provider for travel credential program launched between Canada and the Netherlands


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IDEMIA has recently been confirmed as the technology provider for the world’s first transatlantic Digital Travel Credential (DTC) Pilot.

The global identity technology provider has partnered with a Dutch Consortium consisting of the Ministry of Justice & Security, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Defense/Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Launched and co-funded by the European Commission (EC), the program will test the DTC on KLM flights between Canada and the Netherlands for three months.

On its website, IDEMIA explains that the DTC is a virtual credential derived from a state-issued passport and stored on the holder’s smartphone.

This credential is an exact representation of the electronic machine-readable travel document which includes the holder’s biographical data and facial image.

From a security perspective, passport checks at different checkpoints of the journey are considered to be crucial. By applying digital technologies to improve this essential process, IDEMIA is contributing to making it more convenient for travellers while safeguarding their privacy and security.

Belgian, Canadian and Dutch passengers traveling from Montreal to Amsterdam via KLM and willing to participate in the pilot will still have to bring a physical passport.

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