In view of the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic, Albany Airport has begun experimenting with the “Wellness Trace App” to track the cleanliness of surfaces and objects in the airport.
The app, developed by General Electric Co. (GE) in partnership with TE-FOOD and Eurofins, aims to provide a safe travel experience during and after the coronavirus pandemic. It is built using the Microsoft Azure enterprise blockchain.
The app aims to provide travelers with information about the cleanliness of surfaces before travelers touch them in real time. Travelers can collect this information by scanning QR code stickers at and around the airport with their phone.
The application also allows travelers to express their personal observations about the cleanliness of a particular surface.
According to Albany Airport, the experiment will last three months as airport employees will use the app to keep track of cleaning protocols for large areas and objects in and around the airport. More than 45 QR barcode stickers have been placed in regions and on objects around the airport.
CEO of the Albany County Airport Authority, Philip Calderone, said“Using GE’s advanced Wellness Trace App is an important first step in our joint effort to integrate 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 has largely managed to contain the outbreak, government investment company SGInnovate and Singaporean startup Accredify jointly developed a new blockchain-powered digital health passport.
In addition, Singaporean firm Perlin has developed a blockchain-based mobile app called “ICC AOKpass”, which allows users to instantly verify their COVID-19 status.