FB pixel

UK to roll out digital health passes via NHS app, Estonia launches VaccineGuard

NHS app uses iProov face biometrics
 

biometrics phone mask airport

UK ministers have confirmed on Thursday the main National Health Service (NHS) app will be soon updated to enable the public to show their COVID-19 vaccination or test results when traveling or attending public events.

The NHS app, which utilizes biometric technology from iProov, is currently utilized by UK residents to access their medical records, book medical appointments, and order repeat prescriptions. Users simply need to scan their faces using facial recognition or utilize fingerprint biometrics via their smartphone to have access to these and more services from the NHS.

Following the new update, they will now be able to prove they have been vaccinated or received a negative test.

“If you want to go to 100 percent seat capacity at Wembley, you have to look at all these technologies which are available to you and I think it is only right and responsible for any government to explore that,” Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said in a recent interview with BBC Breakfast.

However, the feature most likely will not be introduced before May 17, the date when international travel would be allowed again in and from the UK for non-essential reasons.

“The data does continue to look good from a UK perspective, notwithstanding those concerns about where people might be traveling to and making sure that we’re protected from the disease being reimported,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps explained.

According to Shapps, the government would also be currently working on the app to be recognized internationally.

“I’m working internationally with partners across the world, to make sure that that system can be internationally recognized,” Shapps recently told Sky News.

Looking forward, a Government spokesperson told inews.co.uk, the UK will also consider ways for people to demonstrate their COVID status even without a smartphone.

“Security and privacy will be at the core of our approach,” they said, “use of the NHS App is being considered as part of the digital route.”

Estonia launches VaccineGuard

The Government of Estonia has launched distributed data exchange platform VaccineGuard to provide secure and internationally verifiable vaccination certificates for COVID-19 in compliance with the EU’s green certificate proposal.

VaccineGuard is made by enterprise blockchain developer GuardTime, and provides a feedback loop between all participating public health authorities, hospitals, citizens, certificate providers, vaccine manufacturers and border guards without creating a centralized database or ERP system, according to the announcement.

GuardTime says it is working with manufacturers and governments around the world to deploy VaccineGuard for digital health pass provision at scale.

Article Topics

 |   |   |   |   |   |   |   | 

Latest Biometrics News

 

Real-time remote biometrics banned in EU with final green light for AI Act

The European Union’s Artificial Intelligence Act received a final green light allowing it to become the world’s first major regulation…

 

Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa unveiled as host of 2025 ID4Africa AGM

It’s not only the case with sporting events like the FIFA World Cup, or the Olympic Games. The host of…

 

Ryanair accused of GDPR violations with biometric passenger verification

Travel policy advocacy group eu travel tech has lodged a formal complaint with the French and Belgian Data Protection Authorities…

 

Police in US cities that ban facial recognition asking others to do it for them

A major report in the Washington Post has found that law enforcement officers in U.S. several cities where facial recognition…

 

European Union Digital Identity Regulation takes effect

The European Union Digital Identity (EUDI) Regulation entered into force on Monday meaning that Member States will be required to…

 

Real-world insight into building impactful digital ID programs at ID4Africa Day 2

Executives of digital ID and biometrics companies took the front seat on Day 2 of the ID4Africa annual general meeting…

Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Read This Week

Featured Company

Biometrics Insight, Opinion

Digital ID In-Depth

Biometrics White Papers

Biometrics Events