Jeju Island, a major tourist destination in South Korea, Launches a government-backed COVID-19 contact tracking system based on blockchain technology.
January 14th Jecon Special Autonomous Province and blockchain technology company Iconloop announced that the blockchain-based contact tracing system is now fully functional.
Called “Jeju Security Code” o “Jeju Security Code”, The project was launched in August 2020 to enable traceability of COVID-19 contacts for the island’s 15 million annual visitors. The project was developed jointly by Iconloop and Jeju Island through a public-private partnership agreement. Since August, The local government and Iconloop have implemented the system in public institutions on the islandas well as various shops such as restaurants in the Jeju Provincial Office area.
After successful tests The Jeju Safety Code was introduced in October as part of wider social programs such as “Strengthening the Safety Net” and the “Jeju-Type New Deal Comprehensive Plan”.. At least 5,000 companies on Jeju Island have applied to register with the system.
The Jeju Security Code enables visitors and tourists to register securely in public places without the risk of losing personal information. To use the Jeju Security Code App, visitors scan a QR code at a tourist or business destination. Business owners can place QR codes on their premisesPeople can register without having to queue.
According to the creators of the app, Users do not need to register for an account to log in. When a visitor logs in, Your location is authenticated without the company having to store your personal information.
The visitor’s personal data and visit logs are stored in a private blockchain network. The application uses the Iconloop’s decentralized identity technology system (DID)to ensure that all data remains private unless a COVID-19 case is discovered. According to Iconloop, the information will only be used for epidemiological investigation purposes of confirmed cases.
Iconloop has actively worked with the South Korean government on blockchain development. In early January 2021, Iconloop received approval from the South Korean Ministry of Science and ICT to test its DID technology for managing driver’s license data in the country.