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In recent years, Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) has been up and coming and has been adopted by many countries. The system electronically transmits the passenger information captured from his/her MRID by airline staff during the checkin process to the immigration authorities of the destination for informational purposes, certainly, but also possibly so they might implement any necessary action. The objective of these systems is to collect the MRID information of the travellers before their trip, allowing the background check to be conducted before boarding.

The ICAO is now proactively planning to tackle such emerging challenges in the next few decades. Reportedly, ICAO will issue the Request for Information (RFI) for interested parties this year for ways to improvement future measures. The first RFI carried out in 1995 specifically sought for opinion and comments on biometrics and data-carrying media. It ended up included in the formulation of the specification of the present eMRTD particularly those for facial recognition and contactless chips. The current strategic study for the future direction will surely result in new standards and measures for interoperability.

The digital certificate riding on the identification document has now becoming less popular because of the lack of a killer application. Health Sector Other than taking the MRID or identification document for identification purpose, some issuing authorities of the document’store personal health information, notably the blood type or allergy information of the bearer for emergency use. A more common use of the MRID is as a token for access to databases containing detailed health information of the bearer.

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