Passports Could Soon Become Paperless
Passports as we know them could soon become a thing of the past as soon, we’ll most likely be using our own mobile devices to get through.
A British company by the name of De La Rue have been working diligently on how to get rid of that annoying check through we always have to do before we can fly. Also currently the world’s largest producer of passports, De La Rue is said to be working on technology that could securely store passport details on smartphones so that you can have it with you all the time.
A spokesman for the company has said that the very concept is much in the early stages of development, but if enforced, these digital passports would just about work like the boarding passes we use now.
Digital passports on your phone will require new hardware on the device in order to securely store the electronic passport so it can’t be copied according to David Jevans from the security company, Proofprint.
He had told The Telegraph “It will also have to be communicated wirelessly to passport readers, because doing it on-screen like an airline ticket QR code can be copied or spoofed.”
Some airports have actually already started testing mobile-based clearance systems, such as Miami and Atlanta, but it hasn’t been clear whether how successful it was.