26 JAN 2018: The Government of Canada will collaborate with the World Economic Forum and partners to test emerging digital technologies and how they can improve security and the seamless flow of legitimate air travellers, with the launch of the Known Traveller Digital Identity prototype.  

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, highlighted the initiative during the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

The Known Traveler Digital Identity system takes emerging digital technologies such as advanced biometrics, cryptography and distributed ledger technologies to give travellers control over, and the ability to share their information, via personal mobile devices, with governments and travel providers to facilitate and expedite progress from departure to destination airports, and beyond.

The Government is to design a proof-of-concept pilot project between Canada and the Netherlands to explore opportunities for demonstrating the benefits that these technologies can offer.

The launch of the Known Traveller Digital Identity prototype is the first step in an ambitious roadmap for public and private sector leaders to radically transform the border-crossing experience for the majority of travellers.

By 2030, international air arrivals are expected to reach 1.8 billion passengers, a 50 percent increase from the 1.2 billion arrivals recorded in 2016.

To accommodate this growth the public and private sectors will need to address infrastructure and human resource constraints, as well as procedures regarding the processing of travellers, while at the same time maintaining security.

"As a leader in cutting-edge aviation security, Canada looks forward to working with the World Economic Forum and the Kingdom of the Netherlands to explore ground-breaking technologies that will facilitate secure and seamless air travel. Leveraging new technological advancements can enhance public safety and security, making air travel more efficient while improving the traveller experience." said Marc Garneau Canada's Minister of Transport



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