Oracle has partnered with Vottun, a company that specializes in certification and traceability of data on the blockchain, to release a digital health passport that could allow employees currently in lockdown to return to work.
The digital credential system – known as the ‘Immunity Passport’ – created by Vottun records your immunity status on a blockchain that can be easily checked.
Rohan Hall, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Vottun, told Cointelegraph that passports “can be verified at any time using cryptography by any mobile phone that can read QR codes”. Credentials are “securely stored” and “unchangeable” and the system is as simple as using a mobile boarding pass for a flight.
This technology is currently being rolled out in Spain in conjunction with PwC. In the United States, Vottun reported having “early conversations” with the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
But the concept itself is controversial, with some equating immunity certificates with German soldiers demanding papers, while residents in China wonder how else the data could be used.
Bring us back to normal
Part of the reason for extreme measures such as lockdowns is that it is difficult to determine who has been in contact with an infected person to advise them to self-quarantine. The Vottun system also makes contact tracing easier by tracking who has been exposed to COVID-19.
Hall said that the combination of the two offers a way for governments to reopen the economy:
“Until the status of individuals can be easily verified, it will be difficult to open our economy to business again. Since we don’t know when there will be a cure, we will need a practical and trusted solution like our Immunity Passport to navigate society with trust and confidence. Our Vottun passports and contact tracing will open the door back to a normal life as possible in such difficult times. “