With regard to the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic Albany Airport has started experimenting with the Wellness Trace App to track the cleanliness of surfaces and objects inside the airport.
The app, which was developed by General Electric Co. (GE) in collaboration with TE-FOOD and Eurofins, is intended to offer a safe travel experience during and after the coronavirus pandemic. It is created using the Microsoft Azure corporate blockchain.
The application aims to provide travelers with real-time information on cleaning surfaces before travelers touch them. Travelers can collect this information by using their phones to scan QR code stickers that are scattered around the airport.
The app also gives travelers the ability to express their personal observations about the cleanliness of a given surface.
According to Albany Airport The experiment will take three months as airport staff use the app to track cleaning logs for the main areas and objects in and around the airport. More than 45 QR barcode stickers were applied in regions and on objects around the airport.
Philip Calderone, CEO of Albany County’s Airports Authority, said, “Using GE’s cutting-edge Wellness Trace app is an important first step in our collective effort to incorporate new digital solutions to create safer travel in a post-pandemic world “.
Other governments around the world have also turned to blockchain technology to help fight the virus.
In Singapore, a city-state that is very successfully containing the outbreak, the state-owned investment firm SGInnovate and the Singaporean startup Accredify have jointly developed a new blockchain-based digital health passport.
Furthermore, The Singaporean company Perlin has developed a blockchain-based mobile application called “ICC AOKpass” that allows users to check their COVID-19 status instantly.