Despite the fact that last week the main protagonist of the news around the world was the Pfizer vaccine, which promises to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The truth is that the crisis generated by this disease is far from over, with new record numbers in the number of daily cases. For this reason, a New York airport fights COVID-19 with Blockchain. Thanks to an application to monitor the cleanliness of surfaces.
COVID-19 is still here
It no longer makes headlines as it did just a few months ago, nor does it arouse the same levels of concern among the population. However, the truth is that the pandemic generated by COVID-19 is far from over. Well, as long as an effective vaccine cannot be produced and distributed throughout the world, the disease born in the city of Wuhan will continue to be a great problem for world health.
This situation seems to be even clearer when in recent days the United States reached record numbers of infections. With basically all the states of the country being the focus of the disease right now. This at the same time that the main countries of Europe order new mandatory quarantines. After what experts already identify as a third wave began to show on the continent.
For this reason, and even though the Pfizer vaccine is great news for all of humanity. The truth is that the fight against COVID-19 is far from over. Requiring the effort of people, companies and governments to avoid an increase in the number of infections, and therefore deaths. Just what a New York airport is trying to do with Blockchain technology.
New York Airport Leverages Blockchain
Albany Airport in New York City has announced the implementation of a Blockchain-based application, with the aim of combating COVID-19. It would measure the cleanliness of surfaces such as tables, so that in this way travelers can easily identify how clean an object they will use is.
The application is known as the “Wellness Trace App” and has been jointly developed by General Electric Co. in association with TE-FOOD and Eurofins. It works by taking advantage of the capabilities of the Microsoft Azure Blockchain. Working with QR codes located on stickers throughout the airport, which can be scanned by travelers. Who can not only check the cleanliness of the object, but also make their own comments on it.
The application will be in a trial period for a period of 3 months, with more than 45 stickers with QR codes located on different objects at the airport. Hoping that it can also be used in a post-COVID-19 world. As Albany Airport CEO Philip Calderone commented:
«Using GE’s advanced “Wellness Trace App” is an important first step in our joint efforts to integrate new digital solutions to create safer travel in a post-pandemic world.».