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Electronic ID system launches at Chinese airports

Zhu Shenshen
To activate the service, users can scan their ID cards and faces through an application called Umetrip, operated by TravelSky.
Zhu Shenshen

A new Electronic Identity Check system has been launched at dozens of airports across China, which allows users to simply show an eID code on their smartphone to pass security checkpoints, Shanghai Daily learned during the ongoing sixth World Internet Conference.

The eID system is now available at 58 airports nationwide, including those in Guangzhou, Changsha, Chongqing and Ningbo, through cooperation between airline information service provider TravelSky and the public security bureaus, TravelSky executives told Shanghai Daily at the summit in Wuzhen. 

The service is yet not available at Shanghai and Beijing airports. 

To activate the service, people have to scan their ID cards and faces through the company’s application, called Umetrip. 

The activation process requires a smartphone with NFC functions, and supports the latest Android phones from Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi.

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