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  • 26 March 2019 19:25

ePassports to Become the New Norm for Travelers as the Australian Government Inches Closer to Revolutionary Digital Transformation

On account of the continual growth in technology and the demand for high-level security, ePassports are gaining immense significance in Australia and New Zealand.

International traveling has undergone considerable transformations. The strengthened economic position of global consumers is majorly contributing to the adoption and implementation of advanced and convenient mediums of living and transportation. This coupled with the fast-paced lifestyles of modern consumers are resulted in a prominent rise in the number of passengers traveling through flights, thereby giving a boost to the aerospace sector. The global landscape has further witnessed investment efforts aimed at developing smart airports and smart borders that could enable high-level data protection and digital security. All these factors are proving beneficial for the growth of ePassports worldwide. The emergence of next-gen technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) is also likely to be a significant growth driving factor.

The global ePassport landscape is expected to expand in a similar manner over the foreseeable future on the backdrop of the continually improving airport infrastructures worldwide along with the notable developments in biometric technology. The ePassport providers are eyeing on the key opportunities offered by the market in Australia and New Zealand. According to the statistics provided by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), Australia, the international air passenger traffic increased by nearly 5.1 percent in November-2018 compared to 2017. Such insights highlight the upcoming scope held by Australia along with New Zealand for the providers of ePassports. Moreover, Australia is said to grow significantly with the increasing proliferation of RFID ePassports in the country and the continual technological developments focused on these type of ePassports.

New Technological Integrations to Transform Air Travel: Government Bullish on Passport-less Travel

As various developing economies move towards advanced identity management of travelers, the ePassport is expected to be an emerging approach in the process of international travel, especially in Australia and New Zealand. In light of the growing proliferation of ePassports, the Australian Government rolled out the ePassport SmartGates through all the Australian airports. The Australian Government is affirmative that this revolutionary strategy would lay the foundation of its goal of becoming a world leader in digital government by 2025. According to the government, the major focus of the plan would be to simply the way citizens interact with the government, to adopt to the emerging and novel technologies in government, and using analytics and data to inform smarter decision-making. With the help of ePassports, travelers whose details are already held electronically, need not carry physical passports to establish their identity during travel.

UK’s New Rule to Allow ANZ Citizens to utilize ePassport SmartGates

While ePassports are carving new capabilities in the travel industry, economies across the globe are embracing the idea of traveling with ePassports. The recent developments witnessed in the UK pertaining to international travelers are centered on the ePassport aspect. According to the new rule by the UK government, all the passport holders in Australia would be able to skip the long immigration process at the UK airports from 2019 as the UK Government announced to open ePassport lanes for the Australia and New Zealand travelers and those from USA, Japan, and Canada. This would override the previous rules that allowed only UK and EU/EEA passport holders to utilize the ePassport lanes for free, while the Australian travelers were asked to pay a fee. These developments are made along the Brexit, wherein the UK would no longer be a part of the EU from March 2019.

ANZ Heading towards a Revolutionary Digitally Supported Travel with ePassports

The ePassport landscape spread across Australia and New Zealand has shown significant developments with their governments’ continual focus on adapting to a digital landscape. The digitally supported travel with the help of technologies such a facial recognition is changing the way passengers could travel in Australia and New Zealand. Moreover, the increasing initiatives undertaken by the government for bringing novel advancements such as smart airports and borders is further triggering new opportunities for companies offering ePassport solutions. The new Western Sydney Airport due to open in 2026 with a capacity of nearly 10 million passengers and is claimed to Australia’s first smart airport is one such development. Owing to these factors, Australia and New Zealand are both heading towards revolutionary travel.

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