Air France pilots blockchain-based COVID-19 travel system

With travel and tourist being among the hardest-hit markets by the coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdowns, a number of stakeholders are significantly focusing on digital and contactless options.

In this vein, Air France has actually partnered with MedicationAire, SGS, International SOS, and the International Chamber of Commerce to evaluate a blockchain-based COVID-19 travel system.

Beginning from March 11, Air France will start the pilot test of the ICC AOKpass system established by MedicationAire and the International SOS. The ICC AOKpass is an app that tourists can set up on their smart devices which contains a safe record of their COVID-19 test arises from authorized laboratories.

With the app, tourists require not provide a paper test result as the ICC AOKpass will act as a safe kind of confirmation of the user’s COVID-19 unfavorable status.

According to a statement on Tuesday, the test will run for 4 weeks and will cover just the Paris CDG-Pointe-à-Pitre and Paris CDG-Fort-de-France path.

The press declaration likewise exposed that making use of the app will be voluntary for guests flying the path. Air France states it will share information from the test with all other partners in the task to assist in more travel-associated health digitization efforts.

Commenting on the requirement for digital development in the travel sector amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Catherine Villar, director of client experience at Air France specified:

“The test of the AOKpass solution is fully in line with this framework and the process initiated by the establishment of the Air France Protect label. We are convinced that the changes we are going through collectively will change the journey in the long term and are committed to supporting all innovation projects that can help us meet these new challenges.”

The AOKpass service is not the very first blockchain-based system embraced by Air France. Indeed, the world’s fifth-largest airline company has a history of checking out the unique tech in a number of elements of its operations.

According to a report by Statista, airline companies have actually lost an approximated $314 billion to the coronavirus pandemic with air travel down over 60% according to the United Nations news company. To comply with social distancing procedures, stakeholders are significantly focusing on contactless procedures which need digital base layers like blockchain.

As formerly reported by Cointelegraph, Jeju Island in South Korea — a significant traveler hotspot — is using a decentralized ledger technology-based COVID-19 tracing app. Back in January, reports emerged that the Frankfurt Airport had actually released an Iota-based service to track COVID-19 test outcomes of tourists.