The tech solution promises to protect privacy while ensuring interoperability with over 2,000 national digital vaccination certifications.
During the early stages of the gradual opening of national borders between countries, fraud and certification compatibility are potential hiccups in the process of safeguarding public health.
One firm in Singapore is on a pilot program with the country’s authorities to digitally verify the validity of overseas vaccination certificates, as well detect fraudulent health credentials.
The firm’s verification solution leverages privacy-preserving and interoperable technology to digitally verify various requirements and standards to determine the validity of overseas vaccination certificates from over 2,000 international healthcare labs. It can also read eight other national health standards for vaccination certificates which over 30 countries adhere to: the EU Digital COVID certificate, Malaysia’s MySejahtera, Hong Kong’s HealthCode, Israel’s Green Pass, India’s DIVOC, Singapore’s HealthCerts, Korea’s COOV, Australia’s ICA VDS and other digital credentials such as IATA Travel Pass, AOK Health Pass, and SMART Health Cards.
With the scalable solution in place, authorities can verify health credentials efficiently, while guarding against fraudulent certificates even as the VTL program includes more countries in future.
According to Gina Chiang, Vice President and General Manager (Health and Travel), Affinidi, the firm involved in the pilot program: “As Singapore reopens its borders to more travelers, strong safeguards are needed to ensure that public health is not compromised, especially while the COVID-19 situation remains volatile due to changing restrictions, and stakeholders are dealing with high volumes of traveler data on a daily basis. We remain committed to working closely with Singapore authorities to enable the verification of health certifications in a seamless, secure and privacy-preserving manner that is essential to facilitating safe travels around the world.”
The firm’s technology is also being utilized to verify travelers’ test results, presented in the form of an electronic PDF or a physical document at check-in counters, to determine that travelers’ health credentials are valid and comply with the destination country’s entry requirements.