US Customs Rep: ‘Blockchain In Biometrics Could Improve Travel Security’

A representative from the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says adoption of blockchain in biometrics would improve security in the travel sector.

A news report by the travel industry media outlet Skift on March 21st took note of blockchain adoption in biometrics. It emphasized that the use of blockchain to hasten biometrics tracking would be seen as a technical achievement that would improve security concerns in the travel industry. This is, according to a representative from the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.

The report was compiled after a panel meeting at the JetBlue Technology Ventures Blockchain in Travel Summit in New York City on Wednesday when Sikina Hasham, the program manager at the CBP, commented on the issue.

By responding to a question posted by David, one of the panel moderators, Hasham, who is the managing director for IBM Blockchain Ventures, stated that biometrics was an area of interest that the government should keep an eye in regards to blockchain investing. She said:

One area we’ve seen a significant amount of success in is facial comparison and biometric data. There is a service we’ve created to verify who an individual boarding an aircraft who is as they’re seeking admission into the United States. If we could have more data for the verification from another government party, that would be really great for us.”

While highlighting the need to have organizations utilizing blockchain systems communicate in oneness, she insisted that the development of a standard specification would aid in the matter as the push for blockchain and its adoption in biometrics gains traction.

According to Hasham, implementing blockchain by governments instead of legacy databases, or sharing data within specified security areas such as border control would require comprehensive improvements of standards within the entire industry. Hasham also noted another problem that the government is reportedly handling by saying that:

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