New York to Accelerate Business Reopenings with Blockchain-Based COVID19 Passport

New York State’s Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, announced the launch of a blockchain Covid19 passport to allow the voluntary sharing of Covid19 Vaccination and Test Status.

The new passport, which will go by the name of Excelsior Pass, was developed in partnership with IBM using blockchain technology to ensure the authenticity, security, and privacy of the data.

The acquisition of the passport is completely voluntary, as well as free, and it will be used by participating theaters, stadiums, arenas, and other types of events that want to operate in accordance with the state’s guidelines.

Many Ways to Obtain the Blockchain-based Pass

Users who apply for the pass will be able to use it in the same way as a mobile airline boarding pass, print it, or use the Excelsior Pass Wallet app to share recent negative PCR/Antigen test results and proof of vaccination, which participating businesses can then confirm by scanning a secure QR code.

While the United States and other countries around the world have started rolling out the Covid19 Vaccines, the economy has still failed to reactivate in most places as businesses have struggled to make up for the deficits created by the pandemic in the form of social distancing and other measures.

A Health Tool Powered by Blockchain Technology

According to the statement published by the Governor’s office, the decision behind the use of blockchain technology to encrypt data was the “special emphasis” that was given to user privacy, as well as making the information easily verifiable and trusted.

According to James Wester, Research director for IDC Worldwide Blockchain Strategies, the technology will not only ensure the security and authentication of the data but also provide individuals with control of what, where, and when the data is shared with participating businesses.

No information on how the blockchain software works on the backend has been given by the Governor’s office nor IBM, which has resulted in concerns due to the lack of…

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