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Itoco and World Health Access launch biometric IDs for vaccination verification


Biometrics and digital ID

Itoco Inc., a Bio Tech development, production and distribution company, announced that its patent-pending, biometric Immutable Virus Test Result Verification System is now available as an open-source repository on GitHub. The system was recently deployed via blockchain Smart Contract.

Through the open-source code, users can view the code and verify the exact functionality. Potential partners or customers will have transparency of how their data is being used, for example, what is being retrieved from the blockchain. Mobile application users can verify that the only data used is a hashed public key combination of the blockchain wallet and user biometric, but not the patients’ raw biometric or any personally identifiable information (PII).

The publicly available Smart Contract, written in the Solidity smart contract programming language for Ethereum, allows Itoco’s partners and customers to verify exactly how the blockchain is being leveraged as part of the overall system.

The Smart Contract is made up of several functions; users may be added to the blockchain as a combination of their hashed biometric public key and blockchain wallet address. This means they can have immutable test results associated with them. However, a user must first be added before they can have immutable test results recorded for them. The combination hash is first submitted by the user using the mobile application and then processed by the administrative application.

Another function is adding verified test machines to the blockchain using their blockchain wallet address. A test machine must first be added by the administrative application to the blockchain before it can write test results to the blockchain.

Immutable test results are also able to be added to the blockchain. An immutable test result consists of the test results and associated details, along with updated user details with testing status and the latest test results, the company says.

Other components of the Immutable Virus Test Result Verification System are the administrative application and the integrated virus test machines, which can communicate with this Smart Contract.

World Health Access launches digital vaccination record

The release of a patented technology service to provide COVID-19 vaccine verification booklets and cards was announced this week by World Health Access, a subsidiary of International Health and Wellness LLC.

The VAX Passbook and VAX Passcard will utilize Reel Code Media (RCM) patented technologies, including biometrics, and have been designed to ultimately include all vaccination records of the user. This record will show the chronological history of testing whilst confirming the tests and vaccinations the owner has obtained.

VAX Passbook is a vaccination record booklet that consists of a document confirming all received vaccinations. VAX Passcard provides a similar document but in the form of a credit card-like tool. The Passbook utilizes patented technology to maintain security and privacy of the user and the RCM Frame is programmed to only be accessed by assigned administrators including educators, employers, government agencies, travel authorities and medical/healthcare/insurance providers. The Passcard enables user authentication with embedded fingerprint biometric technology.

The development of these technologies follows some reports that a proof of COVID-19 vaccination may be required for future international travel, company Daon is among those that have already developed an app with this in mind.

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