Digital identity solutions for health status verification evaluated by aviation and hospitality industries

Vital sign biometrics measured for COVID-19 assessment app
Digital identity solutions for health status verification evaluated by aviation and hospitality industries

UK airports are considering which digital identity apps, most of which include biometrics, can help them restore travelers’ confidence in air travel, The Telegraph reports.

A rapid testing solution delivering results through Yoti’s face biometrics is being trialled at Heathrow Airport, and The Telegraph reports that another app, called ‘CommonPass,’ will be trialled for proof of health status by people flying between London and New York. The app is designed to be used in the days leading up to a flight, telling users where they can find the appropriate kind of test for their requirements. Once the test is taken and the results delivered, the CommonPass app generates a QR code to be checked by airport staff.

The CommonPass app was developed by Swiss non-profit the Commons Project Foundation and the World Economic Forum. It has already been trialled with truck drivers in East Africa, where six countries have unified entry requirements relating to COVID-19.

Onfido has also integrated its ID verification technology into several health passport apps in the U.S., according to The Telegraph. The company’s facial recognition ensures that the person using the device with the test result is actually the same person who took the test. Onfido CEO Hussayn Kassai told the publication hotel chain NOBU is using the company’s technology in Florida to offer on-site testing. Results are sent to the Sidehide app, and the user’s identity verified by Onfido.

Facial recognition-based app offers rapid testing alternative

A new COVID-19 self-assessment app from Safen Labs has been developed, combining a questionnaire with biometric oxygen saturation and heart-rate measurements, according to a sponsored article in the National Post.

The new Safen app utilizes camera-based remote monitoring technology from Israel-based Binah.ai, and takes less than a minute on average, according to the Post.

Safen Labs Co-founders Jeremy Adler and Ryan Gold, who previously have built AI systems for stock market analysis, teamed up with McGill University Professor and Epidemiologist Dr. John Sampalis to refine the algorithm and determine the criteria for symptom probability.

The app is meant for business to screen employees with, advising those who fail the assessment to visit a testing center, and some businesses have already signed on, according to the article.

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