Shaping the Future of Security in Travel

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The fusion of the physical and digital world is well under way, revolutionizing the foundations that society has grown accustomed to. From international security to global connectivity, these swift transformations pose special challenges and offer limitless opportunities to create a secure and connected world.
 
This new global landscape has significant implications for the movement of people across borders. With cross border travel forecasted  to reach 1.8 billion arrivals by 2030, compared with 1.2 billion today; there is a need to pursue our commitment to securely and seamlessly enable the movement of legitimate travellers. While significant progress has been made, we must not only incrementally improve the security and experience travellers, but also to envision a framework for the cross-border movement of people in the future.
 
This initiative aims to change the way leaders think about the secure and seamless movement of travellers in an era marked by geopolitical uncertainty and digitization.

In 2015 – its first year – the project focused on increasing the understanding of the implications of security shocks for the industry. From there, the project gained traction and was championed by Interpol. The objective then was to create a vision of the “traveller of the future” and map out past and present technology-enabled security initiatives. In 2017, the initiative will develop scalable models by using technology-based security solutions, harmonize standards and integrate digital identity principles.

Objectives

The project aims to envision the future of travel to ensure both a high level of security and a seamless travel experience for travellers. By bringing together international security agencies, government officials, the IT industry, the travel and tourism sector and leading innovators, the project hopes to help shape the policies of the future of the movement of people.
 
In effect, today, the cross border movement of people is mostly managed in silos, with national governments having little trust in one another. The objective is to support the creation of a global platform and unified standards which governments will trust and will share information with other States to enhance security within their borders as well as globally.  From a traveller standpoint, the project aims to create a connected and hassle free experience enabled by technology for those who choose to opt-in.
 
By 2030, a passenger might book their trip through technology using a secure platform where information is prepopulated, use a biometric identifier throughout the journey and be part of a global trusted traveller programme.  
 

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