In anticipation of the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic, Albany Airport has begun trials with the Wellness Trace app to track the purity of surfaces and objects at the airport.
An app developed by General Electric Corporation (GE) has partnered with TE-FOOD and Eurofins to ensure safe travel during and after the coronavirus pandemic. Built with the Microsoft Azure blockchain.
The app aims to provide travelers with real-time information about surface cleanliness before touching them. Passengers will be able to collect this information by scanning the QR code stickers dotted across the airport using their phones.
The app also gives travelers the opportunity to express their personal concerns about the cleanliness of a particular surface.
According to Albany Airport, the trial will last for three months, as airport staff will use the app to track cleaning protocols for large areas and objects in and around the airport. There are more than 45 QR barcode stickers in areas and facilities around the airport.
“Using the ground-breaking GE Wellness Trace app is an important first step in our joint effort to integrate new digital solutions for safer travel in a post-pandemic world,” said Philip Calderon, CEO of Albany County Airport.
Other governments around the world have also turned to blockchain technology to fight the virus.
In Singapore, the city-state that has largely contained the outbreak, state-owned investment company SGInnovate and Singapore startup Accredify have developed a new, blockchain-based digital health card.
Additionally, Singapore-based Perlin has developed a blockchain-based mobile app called “ICC AOKpass” that allows users to instantly check their COVID-19 status.