A photo passport that lets you show up at airports and government buildings across the world without having to bring a photo ID is finally here.
According to The Washington Post, the passport’s designers have created a software that allows you to import a photo from your smartphone or other digital camera and upload it onto a server.
The passport’s software also lets you upload a photo file to a file sharing service, and even lets you send the photo to a friend via email.
The system works by matching the photo with a database of photos uploaded by people in the country, according to The Post.
You can then view the photos on a computer, in a photo album, or in a gallery.
The database also includes photos from other countries, including one of the world’s largest photo libraries, which is currently hosted on Flickr.
The Post describes the system as “a new frontier” in the evolution of passport technology.
“It’s an exciting time to be able to travel and do business abroad, with passport-type photos on file and easily accessible to anyone in the world,” said Chris Coyle, a director at the Washington-based company Photomatix.
“With the passport, it is the best way to demonstrate who you are and your status in the eyes of authorities.”
The passport is currently only available through the U.S. government, but the company is looking into the possibility of international versions in other countries.
Coyle said the company was looking into “a number of options” and that “we have a lot of work to do.”