As more and more countries try to ease stringent quarantine restrictions, problems arise in managing social distancing in public places to mitigate the risks of a second wave of infections.
GUTS , a Dutch blockchain ticketing company, revealed on April 22 that it has devised a digital access system to regulate crowds and demographics in public spaces. The system is a modification of its current system and application, which has been in use since 2016. The company said it can be up and running on new sites in as little as a week.
How does it work?
The system works by providing a unique digital wallet tied to a mobile phone and a verified phone number. Users request access to a specific public space while waiting at home and then receive a digital entry ticket valid for a specified period.
Access may be granted or denied depending on the degree of occupation of the public place at that time, or according to various demographic factors ; for example, older people may have priority access during certain periods. The public can also use the application to see which spaces are occupied or not and receive recommendations on the advisability of visiting them based on their own risk profile.
The Amsterdam company says the app meets security requirements and that all data can be easily removed when certain measures are no longer required. However, they acknowledge that there are privacy concerns surrounding tracking applications:
“When it comes to the invasion of fundamental rights there is always a consideration of what matters most: our health or our privacy. In this specific case, we have concluded that our health prevails, but we wholeheartedly believe that this is only the case under strict conditions. ”