According to cointelegraph, for the sake of the quickly spreading coronavirus pandemic, Albany Airport has begun experimenting with the “Wellness Trace App” in order to track the cleanliness of surfaces and objects inside the airport.
The app, developed by General Electric Co. (GE) in partnership with TE-FOOD and Eurofins. It aims to provide a safe travel experience during the coronavirus pandemic. It is built using the Microsoft Azure enterprise blockchain.
According to Albany Airport, the experiment will last for three months.
The app aims to provide travelers with information about the cleanliness of surfaces prior to travelers touching them in real-time. Travelers will be able to collect this information through scanning QR code stickers scattered in the airport by using their phones. More than 45 QR barcode stickers have been placed in regions and on objects around the airport.
The application also provides travelers the possibility to express their individual comments about the cleanliness of a specific surface.
Philip Calderone, CEO of the Albany County Airport Authority, stated:
“The use of GE’s cutting-edge Wellness Trace App is a major first step in our joint efforts to integrate new digital solutions to create safer travel in a post-pandemic world.”
Other governments have also turned to blockchain technology to help in combating the coronavirus.
For instance, the Singaporean firm Perlin has developed a blockchain-based mobile app called “ICC AOKpass”, that allows users to verify their COVID-19 status instantly.