accelerates around the creation of self-sovereign digital identity systems, two
of the primary benefits touted about this new emerging technology are the
elimination – or at least reduction - of friction in the travel experience and
the shift in data control.
using a verifiable credential stored in a digital wallet would not need to
present physical proof – such as a passport, drivers license or COVID vaccine
record – to cross borders, check in to a hotel or rent a car and would not need
to log in to individual systems, for example for a loyalty program.
same time, that traveler would have control over sharing his or her personal with
other entities – how much is shared, when and for what purpose. The data would
be shared only at the time it is needed by the receiving entity and not stored in
any sort of database by that entity.
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concepts sound too good to be true – or too far off to warrant attention now –
panelists at The Phocuswright Conference 2021 say think again.
discussion moderated by Phocuswright senior research analyst Robert Cole,
Indicio CEO Heather Dahl, IATA director of airports, Americas, Filipe Pereira dos
Reis and Kaliya Young, ecosystems director of the COVID Credentials Initiative
at the Linux Foundation Public Health, discuss the “ongoing and collaborative”
work taking place among travel companies, technology providers and governments to
make verifiable credentials a reality.
panelists share how SSI can “bring dignity back to the holder” of personal data
while dramatically streamlining the entire experience of travel.
full discussion below.
Exec. Roundtable: SSI - The Future of Identity and Travel - The Phocuswright Conference 2021