A UK-based company is working on a new technology that may spell the end for paper passports by allowing you to use your smartphone at immigration control. De La Rue, the world’s largest producer of passports and British banknote printer, announced plans to embed passports directly into smartphones.
Martin Sutherland, chief executive of the company said that it had started work on a project to provide secure phone-based information that would work at immigration control, ‘The Times’ reported. Passports are one of the last hold-outs of non-digital documents. Airline tickets, for example, are already delivered direct to phones. (Also read. US company designs smartphone-shaped gun)
The key would be for De La Rue to adapt its identity technology into a digital format and for governments to approve its use. Airports in Miami and Atlanta have already tested mobile-based clearance systems, under which travellers can use a phone to enter customs information. However, paperless passports were still in the early stage of development and were unlikely to arrive in the short term, Sutherland said.