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New York Airport Tests Blockchain-Based COVID Cleanliness App

New York Airport Tests Blockchain-Based COVID Cleanliness App




A New York airport started testing a pilot blockchain-based COVID-19 cleanliness app with data in real-time as we learn more about it in the latest blockchain news.

Since now everyone is being focused towards the fast spreading coronavirus pandemic, the New York Airport or more precisely the Albany Airport, started experimenting with the “Wellness Trace App” to try and track the cleanliness of surfaces and objects inside and around the airport. The app was developed by few companies that joined forces including General Electric Co which partnered with Te-FOOD and Eurofins with a joint goal to provide a safe travel experience during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The app is built using the Microsoft Azure enterprise blockchain.

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The app aims to provide travelers with more information about the cleanliness of surfaces before the travelers even touching them in real-time. The travelers will be able to get this information by scanning  QR codes sticker which will be posted and scattered in and around the airport by using their phones. The application also allows all of the travelers to express their opinion and observation and point out the cleanliness of the surface. According to the airport, the experiment will last for three months as the airport employees will use the app to track the protocols for major areas and objects inside and outside of the airport.

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The CEO of the Albany County Airport Authority, Philip Calderone explained:

“The use of GE’s cutting-edge Wellness Trace App is a major first step in our joint efforts to integrate new digital solutions to create safer travel in a post-pandemic world.”

Other governments across the world turned to blockchain tech to help in combating the virus for example in singapore, the city-state which was mostly successful in containing the outbreak, the Government-owned company in the investments sector SGInnovate and the Singaporean startup Accredify worked together in order to develop a new blockchain-powered digital health passport. The company Perlin also developed a blockchain-based mobile app named ICC AOKPass which allows users to verify their COVID-19 status in seconds.

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