TRAVELERS from the mainland to Hong Kong and Macao will be able to use a digital pass, which links their Chinese ID card to their travel permit through a WeChat mini-app, to cross the border in the future.
At the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Fintech Forum last week, the senior product manager responsible for the Tencent digital pass, Huang Tingting, said the digital ID system will ease border crossing procedures for people traveling between Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macao.
Users from the Chinese mainland and the two special administrative regions will be able to pass quickly between Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area cities by getting a code on their smartphones scanned at border checkpoints, Huang said.
At the forum, Tencent simulated an e-card border crossing scenario, and the scenario will first be applied at some border-crossing locations in the Greater Bay Area as early as July or August. The exact dates need to be approved by local supervisory authorities after considering the feasibility of using digital identities according to regulations.
At that time, users in Greater Bay Area cities will be able to register at building entrances, check into hotels and borrow books from libraries via the digital pass system.
Huang said the digital pass will never replace physical ID cards and travel permits, but will complement these to enhance convenience.
The digital pass comprises codes, which are transmitted from the ID information of Chinese citizens and linked to the specific person in order to protect personal privacy. The e-pass system uses facial recognition technology, which strengthens its ability to crack down on counterfeiting. The digital pass also has strong risk-control capabilities, as it can identify potentially risky users and enhance multiple verification measures when necessary.
Regarding Tencent's digital ID service in Hong Kong, Huang said the system will coordinate with the city's Smart City Blueprint, and the SAR Government will provide a digital pass to local citizens by 2020.
The digital pass, which digitally integrates IDs and travel permits for both Hongkongers and mainlanders, will improve the border-crossing experience and ease the exchange of people from the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao.