GE Aviation and TE-FOOD have developed a new blockchain app to help passengers feel safe and get to their destinations as quickly as possible – especially with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging on.
The Microsoft Azure-enabled solution is available now, and demonstrations are underway to test its feasibility with airlines, airports and industry groups.
It could be used to monitor whether planes, crews and passengers have cleared specific health and cleanliness checks before takeoff.
Blockchain technology is a highly secure, record-keeping framework beneath cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.
It also helps companies to store and trace a virtually infinite number of digital records, as if stringing together unique chains of building blocks.
What the GE and TE-FOOD team is striving to do is use the air blockchain app to protect passengers’ and airline employees’ personal identities and medical records, while letting airlines share that information around the globe – helping already-screened travelers avoid delays.
Moreover, airlines and passengers won’t have to learn many new tricks either; the flight check-in process using the app isn’t much different than current pre-boarding procedures.
On top of that, the app’s interface and database are flexible, so as testing science improves and safety protocols change, the app can adapt too.
Say for instance, a passenger wants to fly from New York to Europe next month with a participating airline.
She could download the app from the Android or Apple store, scan in her passport barcode and create her own quick-response (QR) code.
From there, she simply follows the airline’s instructions for adding any required medical-clearance documentation, either by having a doctor scan medical-test results to her QR code, or by self-declaring her own health status.
Finally, an airline employee scans her app to complete the boarding process before sending her to her seat – at which point she can scan her tray table’s QR code to make sure it was cleaned since the previous flight.
But GE doesnt want to just stop at airports and airplanes; it wants to include hotel chains, on-demand car services and other players throughout the travel ecosystem.
The end goal is to empower customers to inspect any objects they might come into contact with on their journeys, right down to their hotel room’s television remote.
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