WTTC, CBP to utilize Biometrics to Streamline Travel

WTTC, CBP to utilize Biometrics to Streamline Travel

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have begun working together by way of a public-private partnership to increase security and enhance the traveler experience by making travel better and seamless to passengers by using technology.

Both WTTC and CBP said they’re committed to the use of facial biometrics in the travel journey as a way of maximizing security while making certain tourists can go to the country to generate jobs and drive economic growth.



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Through its Seamless Traveler Journey initiative, the WTTC is attempting to bring the complete sector together- with a friendly approach, interoperability, plus some common standards- to utilize facial biometric technology in travel and tourism, which is often applied on a country-by-country basis through the entire travel journey.

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Research implies that almost one million jobs could possibly be created in the United States travel industry through the use of biometric technology, both organizations said.

Currently CBP is testing biometric exit at 15 major airports over the USA. The facial recognition verification process takes significantly less than 2 seconds, with a 90 percent matching rate. The business has implemented facial comparison technology, that is universally named the very best solution for a seamless experience for the traveler and increased security.

In the first 2019, WTTC is coordinating with support from its leaders and members, the initial end-to-end, round trip biometric pilot since the entire journey. This begins at the real point of booking with a travel company and continues at the airport through airline check-in, security, boarding, border management, car hire, hotel check-in and at returns.

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