In discussing how the Trump Administration should address security and passenger facilitation in today’s air travel environment, Andrew Farrelly comments on the importance of smart investments in technology, proper data analysis, and well-coordinated foreign partnerships. These partnerships can be challenging to manage at times due to the differences in federal structures, legal authorities, and perspectives on the balance of privacy and security between the U.S. and its foreign partner nations. Nevertheless, these partnerships yield highly beneficial intelligence sharing and cooperation in the fight against global terrorism and are worth the complex negotiations and tactful diplomacy needed to forge them. Developed and managed properly, they allow the U.S. and its allies to have secure, efficient travel flows that support their respective economies.
Reuters on Wednesday posted a video showing David Davis, the United Kingdom’s (UK) Brexit minister stating the necessity of creating a “deal which makes the United Kingdom a global trader”. In this statement, Davis also mentioned the importance of retaining a strategic partnership with Europe. To this end, Minister Davis stated the importance of forging a customs deal that makes trade between Europe and the UK as “frictionless as possible”.
Last year, trade between the UK and the EU totaled roughly 44% of Britain’s total exports in goods and services, which is equal to £220 billion. Retaining a good customs relationship between the two nations is in both Europe’s and the UK’s economic interest.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released statistics detailing its facilitation of Trade and Travel. According to the article, CBP in FY2016 processed a record number of passengers. More than 390 million travelers were processed at U.S. air, land, and sea ports of entry. Of that total, 119 million travelers were processed solely at air ports of entry. Fortunately, CBP’s expansion of Mobile Passport Control and Automated Passport Control helped facilitate and process travel for air passengers. Additionally, the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) helped CBP process large volumes of cargo while ensuring that goods transported are secure and in compliance with trade laws.
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As reported by Cointelegraph, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun steps for the implementation of Blockchain technology into their IT infrastructure. DHS expects this technology to better secure data collected by security cameras, sensors, and internal databases by preventing the manipulation of data gathered by devices, such as those located at U.S. air, land, and sea ports.
Blockchain technology, while developed as the transactional system used by the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, is becoming recognized as a security solution for all kinds of transactional data, such as the exchange of biometric data between the capture and matching processes.
Blockchain technology offers more security because it recreates and distributes a database across multiple computer servers and requires any change, or data transaction, to be recorded and approved simultaneously across dispersed systems. Blockchain also makes use of hashing algorithms, which make data unreadable to humans while simultaneously retaining their ability to verify data ownership. These measures provide more security than centralized IT systems, which are more susceptible to hacking and manipulation because all data is retained in one location.
In mid-2016, Factom, a blockchain startup company, received a grant from the DHS to produce an IT blockchain security solution.