The world’s biggest passport producer, De La Rue is working on embedding passports directly into smartphones, now the burden of travelers carrying physical travel document will be lessened. Just like mobile boarding cards, e-passports can be stored on a smartphone without the need of the actual printed paper version. An issue one is to consider now, is the possibility of losing the phone, forgery issues and some others not thought of now (trust me soon others will arise) posses as a great challenge in terms of security.
This new technology on smartphones will definitely require new dedicated hardware on the device itself so as to ensure enhanced safety. Cyber-security David Jevans said: “Digital passports on your phone will require new hardware on the device in order to securely store the electronic passport so it cannot be copied from the phone. It will also have to be communicated wirelessly to passport readers, because doing it onscreen like an airline ticket QR code can be copied or spoofed.”
At the moment it is a concept that is at the very early stages of development
Earlier on In 2015, Australia was confirmed to be working on something similar to this, but in its own case a technology to introduce cloud passports where the personal information of travelers such as IDs and biometric data would be stored in the cloud so that the information could be checked digitally.
This will come as a huge relief for many since lots of travelers forget their passports easily at home or someplace else, also on the other hand issues like theft will not just make you loose your smartphone, but your passport as well. Since the concept is still in the works proper security measures will be carried out to ensure safety.
De La Rue plc is a banknote manufacturer, security printing, papermaking and cash handling systems company with headquarters in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. It also has a factory on the Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, and other facilities at Loughton, Essex and Bathford, Somerset. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
The company was founded by Thomas de la Rue, who moved to London in 1821 and set up in business as a stationer and printer. Working as a “boy of the streets”, in 1831 he secured his business a Royal Warrant to produce playing cards. In 1855 it started printing postage stamps and in 1860 it began printing banknotes. In 1896, the family partnership was converted to a private company.