SITA Invests in Globally Accepted Digital IDs Designed to Replace Traditional Passports

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SITA has become a Premium Donor of the Sovrin
Foundation.

SITA is hoping that its expanded role will help to speed up the
development of a permanent digital identity accepted by
governments, airlines or airports globally for use during air
travel.

The Sovrin Foundation is a non-profit organization
focused on the advancement of self-sovereign digital identity.

Self-sovereign means a
lifetime portable identity for any person, organization, or thing
that allows the holder to present verifiable credentials in a
privacy-protecting way. These credentials can represent things as
diverse as a passport, an airline ticket or simply a library card.


Gustavo Pina, Director of the SITA Lab, said, “We
expect in the coming years that the development of an universally
accepted digital identity will replace the traditional passport.
This will allow travel across borders with any airline or airport
while ensuring that you, as the passenger, remain in full control
of your identity while providing actionable, trusted data only to
appropriate parties such as border agencies. The benefits include a reduced arrivals
infrastructure, providing new opportunities to increase existing
airport throughput by design and not expansion. Our work with the Sovrin Foundation will play an important role in unlocking that
potential.”

SITA has successfully deployed its Smart Path
technology at airports to streamline the departure process through
the use of a single biometric token, where a passenger’s face is
their passport at each step of the journey across an individual
airport – from check-in to boarding.

However, SITA believes that the shift in focus
in the next few years will see Smart Path integrated with
self-sovereign identity, controlled by the individual and usable
across governments, airports and airlines, streamlining the travel
process even further.

Phil Windley, Chairman of the Sovrin Foundation
Board of Trustees, said, “SITA continues to lead the discussion
around the adoption of self-sovereign identity in the travel
industry. The Sovrin Foundation provides the ideal forum to drive
this agenda forward both with the fellow Sovrin Foundation members
across the wider economic spectrum but also with key stakeholders
in the air transport industry such as IATA, ICAO and Airport
Council International.

Having joined the Foundation as a Founding Steward
in 2018, SITA will now take a more active role in supporting
Sovrin in the global adoption of self-sovereign identity.

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