In view of the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic, Albany Airport has started experimenting with the “Wellness Trace App” to track the cleanliness of surfaces and objects in 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 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 distributed in and around the airport with their phones.
The application also gives travelers the opportunity to share their personal observations about the cleanliness of a given surface.
According to Albany Airport, the experiment will take three months as airport staff will use the app to track cleaning logs for key areas and objects inside and around the airport. More than 45 QR barcode stickers were attached in regions and on objects around the airport.
Philip Calderone, CEO of Albany County Airport Authority, said, “Using GE’s cutting-edge Wellness Trace app is an important first step in our collective effort to integrate new digital solutions for 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 largely successfully contained the outbreak, the state-owned investment firm SGInnovate and the Singaporean startup Accredify have jointly developed a new blockchain-based digital health passport.
In addition, the Singaporean company Perlin has developed a blockchain-based mobile app called “ICC AOKpass” that allows users to check their COVID-19 status immediately.