New SITA Study Reveals Airports and Blockchain Tech Interest is in High Demand


New Study Reveals That Airports Are Very Interested In Applications Of The Blockchain Technology

The blockchain technology is about to takeoff or at least that is what a new study suggests. According to the study, which was made by the SITA Lab about how the blockchain technology is attracting new attention in 2018, airports are very interested in using this new tech. The story was first reported by the Airport World, an airline focused magazine.

SITA is a tech research company that is focused on stimulating technological revolution in the world by collaborating with institutions and actors from the airlines and airports industry. Most of the people which talked about the industry had the opinion that distributed ledger are more efficient than the current systems that are being used and that they may prove to be an advantage.

The main advantages that were cited by the study were that the blockchain can be used in services like ticketing and passenger identification in a lot more effective way than they are mostly being used so far.

 Airport World quoted Gustavo Pina, the director of SITA LAb, at their report. According to him, one of the main obstacles that is currently blocking an effective “seamless” journey for the passengers is that the technology have to scale to be used on a regular basis for solving this kind of issue.

According to Pina, the blockchain could act as a way to speed the process and could make it a much more smooth experience than it currently is.

The SITA Study

The data from the SITA study shows that airlines and airports have found a set of exciting use cases for the distributed ledger technology (blockchain). The most frequent use is the rollout of passenger tokens via frequent flyer programs (34%) and e-tickets (31%).

It is also important to notice that 59% of the companies that were interviewed already had at least any type of blockchain research program that would be finished (and sometimes implemented) until 2021.

SITA has already officially announced its intention to launch a new program called The Aviation Blockchain Sandbox, which will be a collaborative innovation that has the goal of helping this specific industry to accelerate the learning of all the development of cross-industry technologies and initiatives that can help them.

While there is still a fair number of airports which are on the fence on whether they actually should the blockchain or not, more than half of them are excited about the idea and some have even begun to employ the technology already.

Airports Start To Use The Blockchain

There are already some examples of airports using the technology and one of the most noteworthy of them is the Brisbane International airport, which leads the line for the adoption of technology across Australia, which is a country that has a very positive stance about cryptos. You can already use cryptocurrencies on ATMs at the airport, which makes life easier for travelers.

Another airport that is concerned with the issue is the Amsterdam Schiphol, which has also installed an ATM that lets the passengers convert Euro into Bitcoin or Ethereum.

Finally, there is still the Dubai International airport, which has recently announced that it had the intention of emplying a passport-free entry system using the blockchain technology.

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