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A Korean tourist island requires the use of a blockchain application to prevent COVID-19

Jeju Island, As an island in the south of South Korea, it is one of the most popular travel destinations for Koreans and Koreans receives around 15 million visitors annually.

These visitors must now use a blockchain technology application based on decentralized identity (DID) that claims to offer private and secure COVID-19 contact tracking.. An announcement on Aug. 19 said that Jeju Province had reached an agreement with South Korean blockchain company ICONLOOP to roll out the system.

Starting this week Visitors must download the Zzeung mobile app upon arrival on the island and verify their identity using a Korean telecommunications service. A verifiable credential is issued in the backend via a public blockchain network to ensure that no information is falsified or manipulated.

A Korean tourist island requires the use of a blockchain application to prevent COVID-19
A Korean tourist island requires the use of a blockchain application to prevent COVID-19

Zzeung was recognized as an Innovative Financial Services Provider (“MyID”) by the Korea Financial Services Commission in recognition of its convenience and security. Jeju is sometimes referred to as “Bit Island” due to the advent of technology, especially blockchain.

Guaranteed privacy (until a case is discovered)

Visitors must set up fingerprint authentication or a PIN code that is stored on a private blockchain network. The personal data of each visitor and the records of the places they visited are kept separate to ensure privacy. The data is kept private unless a COVID-19 case is discovered.

In addition to ICONLOOP and the recent pilot program on Jeju Island, operations will be expanded to more than 50 private companies by the end of this month. Tae-bong Lim, Jeju Autonomous Province Director of Health and Welfare, said:

“With this new infectious disease prevention system, Jeju Island can be reborn as a safe and prestigious tourist destination in Korea.”

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