The UK-based cybersecurity startup and travel tech Zamna is looking to provide a blockchain-powered data verification platform that will connect passenger data between governments, airlines, and security agencies. This is happening to help streamline the airport check-in system.
Formerly VChain Technology, and founded in 2016, Zamna has raised $5 million in seed funding led by Oxford Capital and LocalGlobe for the security enhancement. Other participants in the round included the London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF), Seedcamp, Telefonica, and several other angel investors. Also, existing investor AIG (International Airlines Group) participated in the round and is Zamna's client.
Fewer Document Checks
Zamna aims to share the passenger data between governments, airlines, and security authorities via blockchain. According to the platform, the sharing between the involved parties will be highly secure, with the checks being instant, and minimal manual documentation is expected. In fact, Zamna says, manual tests will be reduced up to 90%.
According to their spokesman, as identities will be verified over time and then shared between the parties, the airport system will be automated and passengers can travel via the airport without any physical documentation.
Zamna helps governments and airlines to streamline security by validating passenger data securely and then signals when the passenger data doesn't match the passport information. When the data matches, they will signal that the data is accurate and can be trusted.
Data Verified but Privacy Preserved
The technology behind is proprietary privacy-by-design algorithms, which are meant to check the accuracy of the biometric data as well as biographic data without sharing it with third parties.
An anonymous token is attached to the verified data, and it’s what the involved parties use to access “the network of tokens” but can’t access private data of a given agency.
Irra Ariella Khi, Zamna co-founder and CEO stated,
“There is a preconception that when you arrive at the airport somehow – as if by magic – the airline knows who you are, the security agencies know who you are, and the governments of departure and destination both know [who you are], the reality is far from this. There is no easy and secure way for airlines and government agencies to share or cross-reference your data.”
Immigration authorities, as well as airlines, have started using the technology already for security. Moreover, Zamna is collaborating with GDRFA (General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners) in Emirates Airlines and the UEA in ensuring a smoother check-in system and the travel experience for the passengers.