According to WTTC, you must act and allocate resources to biometrics

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According to WTTC, you must act and allocate resources to biometrics
Thu June 06, 2019

This was stated by Gloria Guevera, President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council during her participation in the Annual General Meeting of IATA


During her participation in the Annual General Meeting of IATA, Gloria Guevara, President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), urged the leaders of the aviation industry to support the IATA initiative One ID, to allocate resources and support the global search for common standards and interoperability for the benefit of the entire travel and tourism industry.

Guevara said: "Biometric technology is the future of travel. It is very simple, the faster we act, the faster we reap the benefits of the growth that accompanies the adoption of biometrics, that is, greater security, efficiency and a better trip for the visitor. We have lost the opportunity to have a unique solution; therefore, it is crucial that we move faster to define global standards for the use of technology in the traveler's journey.

"I would like to congratulate IATA on its One ID initiative and we wholeheartedly support the resolution at this year's General Shareholders' Meeting to encourage the faster global deployment of biometric passenger recognition." I urge airlines to allocate resources to this initiative and to work with IATA and the WTTC on interoperability throughout the sector.

"We know, based on IATA, that the number of travelers will double by 2037. And it is clear that we will not see a 100% increase in the existing infrastructure, so it is important to do it well." Those companies that support and adopt biometrics will have a competitive advantage in the market, which is why airlines have to support the IATA initiative in this important task.

"The WTTC, which represents the private sector of the travel and tourism industry, is working with IATA to introduce biometric technology as the non-aeronautical element of the trip, to provide a seamless experience. Last year the WTTC brought together more than 200 travel, technology and government leaders to drive the initiative. We are working to understand, map and explore how technology can be used to facilitate an uninterrupted journey. Through this effort, we have found at least 53 different implementations and trials in six regions around the world. As an industry, our efforts are fragmented with competing agendas and a continuous journey from beginning to end in development.

"It was recently reported that 71% of airlines and 77% of airports are investing in research or in the implementation of biometric programs. We applaud each of these efforts, while asking the aviation industry to overcome fragmentation.

"Governments around the world are waiting for the private sector to align around a standard and a common framework, so that it can work across the travel and tourism sector, regardless of the individual technology provider. If we end up with multiple solutions in each country that do not connect with each other, the costs will be significant and we run the risk of losing the benefits that biometric technology will offer.

"Instead of operating in silos, it is crucial that we unite to achieve the common goal: a solution that supports the visitor's entire end-to-end journey, incorporating multiple airports, different airlines, car rental companies, hotels and agencies. of travel, cruises and other players in the industry ecosystem. This will allow us to count on the support of governments at a higher level and move faster to achieve greater growth".

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