1) Global Benchmarking Study Report (August 20221) of approx. 80-100 pages and/or slides
a. Interviews with representative sample of airports/airlines/agencies between December 2021 – February 2022 on:
i. Biometric ID management successes and challenges in past and current implementations
ii. Common challenges, themes, lessons learned, key success factors, and best practices
iii. Contextualization of findings for APEC members, referencing global standards such as International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s Digital Travel Credentials (DTC) and IATA’s One-ID
iv. Examples of interviewee selection include relevant departments/ personnel from Civil Aviation Authority of the sponsoring economies such as Australia, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Thailand; leading airport operators that have successful experience in implementing biometric ID management measures such as Tokyo Narita Airport, London Heathrow (non-APEC) etc. The above-mentioned suggestion is subject to change.
b. Interviews with a select of APEC members between December 2021 – May 2022 on:
i. Level of awareness, understanding, and buy-in for the Biometric ID concept
ii. Urgency, progress, and maturity of implementation and planning among APEC members through a defined maturity level framework – This framework will be developed after the research listed under 1a.
c. Delivery of Global Benchmarking Study Report (August 2022) containing the findings for above topics
A tentative Table of Contents for the Global Benchmarking Study report is as follows,
a) Cover page
c) Drivers of using biometric ID to facilitate air passengers’ movements
d) Touchpoints (end-to-end passenger air travel journey)
e) Requirements, issues and challenges
f) Biometric ID management applications in aviation (by type and region)
g) Emerging standards, trends and technologies
h) Maturity definition
i) Regional maturity assessment
2) Biometric ID Implementation Roadmap and Practical Guidebook (September 2022) of approximately 80-100 pages and/or slides
a) Definition of collaborative framework for APEC members between June 2022 – July 2022, which consists of the following key topics:
i) A collaborative framework for APEC members on suitable lowest-common denominators and tradeoffs required for regional adoption
b) Delivery of Implementation Roadmap and Practical Guidebook that is applicable for the airport industry among APEC economies between August 2022 – September 2022
A tentative Table of Contents for the Implementation Roadmap and Practical Guidebook is as follows,
a) Cover page
c) Overall concept and principles
d) Biometric ID management framework
e) Critical success factors
f) Appendix - Standards and best practices
3) Webinar (September 2022)
Running of a webinar in September 2022(tentatively targeted ONE virtual webinar)
The tentative webinar arrangement is as follows:
a) Key findings of the Global Benchmarking Study
b) Introduction to the Implementation Roadmap and Practical Guidebook
Presenter(s): Experts from the appointed project contractor
Duration: Up to THREE (3) hours
Format and Structure
a) Virtual (on-line webinar)
b) We aim to break the webinar into three topical sessions including:
i. Global benchmarking study findings presentation (45 mins followed by a 15 mins break)
ii. Implementation Roadmap and Practical Guidebook presentation and introduction (45 mins followed by a 15 mins break)
iii. Interactive discussions for all participants to share examples, obstacles, and successes of implementing biometric ID management at airports in their respective economies to further enhance the understanding of the research. The discussion will also cover how to convert the learnings into practical implementation going forward.
Date: September 2022
Number of webinars: One (1)
· Assuming the project kicks off in December 2021.
· Dates presented are subject to change, depending on project’s initiation.
Outcomes: The project outcomes are:
a) Increase in understanding of the common challenges faced in the aviation and in particular at airports among APEC member economies that Biometric ID can address (e.g., level of service, capacity, efficiency, security, trust, etc.) are identified and compiled.
b) Improved level of awareness, understanding, and buy-in of the Biometric ID concept as well as its implementation in the aviation industry among APEC member economies are assessed and compiled.
c) Established awareness of the evaluated urgency, progress, and maturity of the Biometric ID implementation and planning across APEC member economies.
d) Established knowledge base of relevant successes and challenges in Biometric ID implementation, as well as common themes, lessons learned, key success factors, and best practices in past and current implementations.
e) Identified best practices and use cases of the past and current implementation which are contextualized and made relevant and applicable to implementation within APEC.
f) Suitable lowest-common denominators and tradeoffs required for regional adoption are identified.
g) Effective forums and channels for Biometric ID collaboration and study outputs sharing among APEC member economies are identified and suggested.
In summary, through the project findings, APEC economies will be able to learn from best practices of biometric ID management in particular at airports where cross-border travels occur. The best practice guideline will also be able to steer policy making direction of biometric ID application in the aviation industry across APEC economies. Ultimately, participating APEC economies will be able to achieve a more harmonized and interoperable travel identity management environment that is in line with ICAO’s Digital Travel Credentials (DTC) and IATA’s One-ID initiatives.
The ultimate vision of this study is to involve the use of a trusted, digital identity, biometric recognition technology and a collaborative identity management platform. The study result will encourage through knowledge and evidence the development of a trust framework among the different stakeholders across participating APEC economies.
Direct Beneficiaries: The direct project participants are as follows:
a) Representative/ participating APEC members including policy makers (technical department head level) relevant to cross-border processes such as Civil Aviation Authorities and Immigration Bureaus.
b) Airports/airlines/agencies that have significant presence in the APEC economies.
c) The project will also receive input from DESG and other appropriate sub-fora, such as TPTWG, on the selection criteria.
Users of the outputs are as follows:
a) Once the findings of biometric ID management maturity and benchmarking study endorsed by DESG, they will become key input to the development of biometric ID management guidebook. The knowledge and a practical guideline will be shared across APEC economies through Webinars More specifically,
i. A collaborative framework for APEC members on suitable lowest-common denominators and tradeoffs required for regional adoption.
ii. Details on the Implementation Roadmap and Guidebook.
b) APEC members including policy makers relevant to cross-border processes will be invited to the Biometric ID Implementation Webinars to gain understanding of the project outputs.
Long-Term or Indirect Beneficiaries:
a) When the project is completed, policy makers relevant to cross-border processes from the APEC member economies will be able to immediately leverage the guidance provided in the Implementation Roadmap and Guidebook to plan their own roll-outs or upgrades of biometric-enhanced processes. Travelers/passengers, industry staff, and policymakers involved in the cross-border activities within APEC are expected to reap the benefits of seamless, efficient, secure, and safe end-to-end border experience from the enhanced harmonization and interoperability in Biometric ID processes among APEC member economies.
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 Tentative only and is subject to change
 Tentative only and is subject to change.