Future Enhancements to the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Scheme – ABTC Mobile Application.

The APEC Business Mobility Group is currently developing and refining an ABTC Mobile Application platform. Currently in an invitation only 12-month testing phase, also known as the Pilot stage, the Mobile Application is intended for official launch and subsequent roll out, in November 2020.

The ABTC Mobile Application will provide access to a digital version of the ABTC for cardholders from fully participating member economies to display on their mobile electronic devices instead of a physical card when entering an APEC economy.

The ABTC Mobile Application brings the ABTC Scheme into the modern and digitized world of global travel. It provides cardholders from fully participating members with a more efficient, convenient and user-friendly service.

The ABTC Mobile Application employs security features to provide economies greater confidence that a digital ABTC and cardholder are genuine. These features include:

  • Secure sign on – An approved ABTC applicant will be sent an email with a unique token (an individual application number) for the ABTC Mobile Application and a link to download and log onto the ABTC Mobile Application.
  • User authentication – Users are required to ensure their user credentials are authenticated and verified when logging on to the ABTC Mobile Application. Only applicants who have been approved an ABTC and granted access to the ABTC Mobile Application can log in. Please refer below to the step-by-step process.
  • Screenshots – On Android devices, users are prevented from taking screenshots of the ABTC Mobile Application; and on iOS devices, users who attempt to take a screenshot of the ABTC Mobile Application will be presented with a message reminding them that Airport Officials will not accept a screenshot of the ABTC Mobile Application.
  • Watermarks – The virtual card screen of the digital ABTC will have APEC and other discrete security watermark features, making it difficult to fraudulently replicate.  The holographic overlay and card background pattern change colour and visibility in real-time in correlation with movement of the device, allowing Airport Officials to quickly confirm that they have been presented with the official ABTC application rather than a screenshot or video capture.

 These additional security features for the ABTC Mobile Application hinder fraudulent replication and misuse, and protect cardholders and their personal details.