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Cloud-based Passports: Australia's Big Move for Outright Security

Travelers Today       By    Maureen Jayson

Updated: Nov 14, 2015 02:49 AM EST

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In a report, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have said, "We're in discussions with New Zealand and if we're able to put in place the appropriate requirements, including security, then it's something we'd like to trial and implement. Australia prides itself on having one of the most secure passports in the world, but by embracing and harnessing new technologies, we might be able to do better."

This proposed project will have a big impact to anxious travelers out there who are up for adventures but are terrified of losing or forgetting their passports. On this transition to a cloud-based passport, biometric information would be stored in a central database, with the help of trusted technologies like SmartGate. This plan is an innovative solution to help eliminate the need to carry of a physical passport and would further cut down the trouble and fee of replacing a lost or stolen one.

It was during the held hackathon by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs that this idea was brought to life. After almost 400 ideas were yielded on the DFAT Ideas Challenge, the chosen top 10 were then presented to a group of judges that Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was a part of. The respected judges were in favor of the cloud-based or passport-free travel. This plan, of course, has not yet been determined on how it would really be executed as well as the necessary measures needed in order to keep the data entirely secured.

Nonetheless, the judges of the said event believed that this innovation has a lot of potential not only on their individual countries but globally. If the next generation iPads or the android's latest software is something to look forward to, then this big move from the Aussies is something we should not also ignore. 'Cloud-based' passport is the step towards the next innovation.

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