VST Enterprises launches self-sovereign COVID and vaccination digital ID
Manchester-based technology firm VST Enterprises has announced what it calls the first 5-In-1 digital health passport and wallet.
Dubbed V-Health Passport, the solution has been developed to support governments and businesses to prepare for a return to normality as a vaccine is unrolled in the UK.
The platform represents the latest efforts of VST to tackle the effects of the pandemic and comes after the company introduced biometrics-backed digital passports in April.
The V-Health Passport can be used to perform a series of actions, including user authentication, and COVID-19 test results, and vaccinations input provided by all the major vaccination manufacturers.
“We developed and built the V-Health Passport and health wallet to be the most secure technology on the planet that you could use as a health passport where you could combine your test status, vaccination record, boarding pass, airline ticket, music or sports ticket all in one app,” said VST Enterprises CEO Louis-James Davis.
The V-Health Passport app features its own GDPR-compliant contact tracing capability, which reportedly uses anonymized data according to the concept of ‘self-sovereign identity’.
“With V-Health Passport we wanted to provide functionality and greater mobility to allow citizens to return to work, be fit to fly, or return to the sports stadiums, Davis explained.
“But at the heart of the technology was the ability to protect and respect data privacy of the individual.”
To ensure maximum security, the app is based on the VCode security coding technology, which features a closed-loop system with end to end encryption and 2.2 Quintillion collision-free codes.
Unlike traditional QR codes, VCode cannot be photographed or cloned. This is because the technology works via a call and response system of information between the code and a web platform that verifies the location of the code, user ID, and time and date.
“The lack of engagement and interaction by the public with Government track and trace app/s over the pandemic was over privacy, the security of data and the tracking of a person’s live location,” Davis said.
“This is why we have built a unique system in the vein of ‘Self Sovereign ID’ with the ethics of privacy & security by design. The V-Health Passport puts the citizen in control in a way in which they share information with who, when, and where.”
In addition to their health pass, vaccination record, and COVID-19 test status V-Health Passport users will also be able to share their credit score, work permit or visa, and travel and event pass credentials.