Looking at the future of travel - The fourth generation of ePassport

26/06/14

The International Civil Aviation Organization is currently working on the next evolution of the ePassport standard, which was initially implemented in 2005.

This future version will introduce the ability to add data to the electronic component of the passport post issue, in order to load and read information such as biometric data or electronic visas and entry/exit stamps during its lifetime. This storage area, also known as Logical Data Structure version 2.0 (LDS2) is to be standardized in early 2016.

LDS2 will further enhance the benefits of modern, integrated visa management and border management systems. It is a huge opportunity to expedite inspection while also enhancing security by enabling immigration officers to quickly and efficiently check passengers’ visa and travel history by retrieving data from the chip.

Because ePassports are contactless documents and in the hands of close to 600 million travelers as of today, LDS2 can do much more than transform visa and border control ecosystems. For example, airlines could use biometrics to securely grant access to their VIP lounges or use a passenger’s travel history for more targeted communications. Duty free operators could also leverage the passport data for promotional activities. These use cases are of course subject to privacy regulations.
As the industry moves forward, it is clear that all stakeholders have to start considering how to manage and leverage the impending evolution of travel documents and associated systems.

To guarantee a smooth progression to the next generation of ePassport and ensure full interoperability compliance, it is important to select partners and suppliers with long-standing experience of the travel market and a proven track-record in ePassport migrations.

Subscribe to our free newsletter
Follow us on Twitter
Join us on LinkedIn

Gemalto discusses the fourth generation of ePassport

Latest Features & Interviews

The future of driver’s licenses

Interview with Aimane Ait El Madani, VP Passports & Driver’s License at IDEMIA to find out more about the driving license challenges governments are facing

Interview Caroline Jardon - Evolution of eID cards

Interview with Caroline Jardon, IDEMIA’s VP Marketing, ID solutions

Luminescence Sun Chemical Security on the future of security inks

Security Document World took time out to speak to Paul Cooper, President of Luminescence Sun Chemical Security

More articles >>
Share |

connect:ID 2021 Event supported by Planet Biometrics 5-6 Oct 21