Blockchain could be used in travel-related biometrics
Customs and Border Protection could be interesting in embracing the technology
It appears that, even the federal government as a whole isn’t ready to embrace blockchains, different departments within the government are more interested. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) could be considering the use of blockchain technology in security biometrics, which could completely revolutionize border security across the globe.
Speaking at a JetBlue Technology Ventures Blockchain in Travel Summit in New York this week, CBP program manager Sikina Hasham stated that blockchain has significant promise in biometrics. She explained, “One area we’ve seen a significant amount of success in is facial comparison and biometric data. There is a service we’ve created to verify who an individual boarding an aircraft who is as they’re seeking admission into the United States. If we could have more data for the verification from another government party, that would be really great for us.”
However, Hasham pointed out that there are still obstacles in the way – one of which is the creation of a system that would allow for standardized specifications for communications between different organizations. She also stated that the CBP also needs to be confident that any system will offer full data protection, offering, “Our primary goal is security, but also facilitating trade and travel. Blockchain is relatively new for us […] in the travel space, we are still working on figuring out how industry stakeholders in the technology space will help us. […] Privacy and decentralized information are some of the challenges we as a government organization have a legal obligation to protect.”
Blockchain technology continues to find its place among many different industries and has already been proven to be an efficient, viable solution. Incorporating the technology into domestic and international travel will go an incredibly long way toward making travel much simpler and less time-consuming, especially at international borders.