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Biometrics and Digital Identity Join Forces for Travel and Hospitality Industries

PYMNTS February 2021 Digital Identity Tracker® done in collaboration with Jumio, looks at the assortment of ingenious responses from the travel and hospitality sector being designed on the fly, as it were, as market conditions change in a strange form of slow motion acceleration.

Per the new Tracker, “The World Travel & Tourism Council, a London-based trade group, recently issued new recommendations in its Global Guidelines for Safe & Seamless Traveller Journey report, underscoring requirements for the swift and coordinated implementation of biometrics and digital traveler identity services.” That G-20 report “outlined several key considerations for public and private sector entities striving to collaborate on biometric verification measures. It notes that governments must work together on solutions so that data collection and sharing can be based on official documentation. It also explains the importance of establishing an industrywide consensus on privacy standards, interoperability and functionality that would make any solutions easier and more secure for users.”

Digital identity and the many ways it can be used to meet healthcare challenges now associated with traveling and staying in hotels is core to recovery, as the Digital Identity Tracker® reveals.

The Plane Truth About Immunity Verification

Among the first places that new health measures went into effect and continue to be built on is in air travel. Though safer than many believe, air travel nevertheless required a digital fix.

As the new the Digital Identity Tracker® states, “Streamlining digital solutions to verify travelers’ health statuses has become particularly important during the pandemic, and many airlines are rolling out offerings toward this end. American Airlines recently adopted a biometric health wallet app designed that allows passengers to track and verify their COVID-19 test results and documents. The solution, VeriFLY, allows consumers to leverage facial biometrics and ensure that their data matches countries’ requirements, with the app displaying a pass or fail message on their devices once the information has been processed.”

That goes together with concepts like digital “immunity passports” that ride along with travelers carrying vaccination data and other encrypted personal health information.

As the Tracker notes, “Singapore Airlines recently stated that it crafted its new digital health verification process based on the International Air Transport Association’s Travel Pass app, which allows travelers to store documents pertaining to COVID-19 tests or vaccinations and show these records when traveling internationally.” Read Full Article

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