Swiss Federal Railways has successfully trialed a proof of concept for a blockchain identity verification system. The blockchain identity product was developed by Linum Labs, relying on a protocol (uPort) jointly created by ConsenSys. The credential management tests took place this year from May to November. The uPort mechanism is an Ethereum-based identity management protocol.
Blockchain-based verification a success for Swiss Federal Railways
According to Swiss Federal Railways, the project was a huge success and helped to reduce paperwork and save on time and costs. These benefits are frequently reported in whatever industry DLT is integrated into. Swiss Federal Railways employs over 30,000 people across Switzerland and all of these workers need to be medically fit and verified for construction work. Linum Labs outlines a number of users cases for identities on the blockchain within the transport industry.
“A self-sovereign blockchain based identity is well-suited for this use case because workers should be able to carry over their identity from one company to another and no specific company should own or manage it…Having multiple parties making entries on a record needed for public safety, ultimately linked to an individual’s identity, made this an ideal fit for a decentralised identity pilot.”
Blockchain is taking off in Switzerland, which happens to be one of the pioneer countries for the technology. The Swiss city of Zug is known as the “Silicon Valley” of cryptocurrency. The city has also used the uPort technology to put identity credentials on the blockchain. The railway project was based on the earlier success of identity verification with the uPort protocol.
Blockchain identity management in the travel industry
Blockchain identity verification is also becoming more prevalent in the travel industry, especially in air travel. It can save billions of dollars in terms of time lost checking in and finding lost baggage. Dubai is currently seeking to create the worlds first passport-free airport and Air Canada is investigating DLT for the distribution of travel products. Swissport, a cargo handling company, is also launching a blockchain pilot project for its business. Logistics and supply chain management is a huge area for DLT according to current projections.
Ultimately, blockchain can eliminate having to verify your physical identity with any sort of ticket, passport, or identification card. This applies to all industries, such as access to a corporate building, buying a home, or purchasing a railway ticket.
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