World Economic Forum launches Canada-Netherlands paperless travel

The World Economic Forum and the governments of the Netherlands and Canada launched the first pilot project for paperless travel between the two countries at Montreal Airport. Known Traveller Digital Identity (KTDI) is the first platform to use a traveller-managed digital identity for international paperless travel. It will be integrated with partner systems and tested internally throughout 2019, with the first end-to-end paperless journey expected to take place in early 2020.

The pilot initiative is a collaboration between government and industry – border authorities, airports, technology providers and airlines – to create an inter-operable system for secure and seamless travel.

By 2030, international air travel is expected to rise to 1.8 billion passengers, up 50% from 2016. With current systems, airports cannot keep up,” Christoph Wolff, head of mobility, World Economic Forum said. “This project offers a solution. By using inter-operable digital identities, passengers benefit from a holistic system for secure and seamless travel. It will shape the future of aviation and security.”

“Canada collaborated with the World Economic Forum, the government of the Netherlands and our industry partners to enhance aviation security and make international air travel safer by testing new and emerging technologies,” Marc Garneau, Canada’s minister of transport said. “The KTDI pilot project will help facilitate seamless global air travel and benefit the world economy by enhancing the traveller experience, while ensuring that cross-border security is maintained.”

The governments of Canada and the Netherlands are joined by Air Canada, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, YUL Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This pilot group is supported by technology and advisory partner Accenture with Vision Box and Idemia as technology component service providers.

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