- Niki Kontoe
- N. Anna
- Fotis V. Kossiaras
- Konstantinos Theodosiou
- Rafail Pitsios
- Christina Chaniotaki
- George Tsiolis
- Georgios Vafeiadis
- Kontantinos Manolios
- Vasilis Filiopoulos
- Stamatis Pitsios
- George Misiakoulis
As COVID-19 is rapidly spreading across the globe, more restrictions on air travel are being imposed. The importance of the industry on global business and tourism is indisputable both for the public and private sectors.
While many countries have blocked incoming flights, it is inevitable that these strict policies are going to gradually transform into a system that incoming passengers will be obliged to prove their health status. Therefore, a global standardized COVID-19 immunity certification will be asked before boarding.
What it does
Our solution enables cross-border collaboration in population transit, mainly in the aviation sector, by bringing together the key stakeholders: airlines, airports, health organizations, as well as, other involved parties from the private and public sectors.
More specifically, the CovIDpass will implement a privacy-preserving and secure mechanism for the issuance and validation of the COVID-19 immunity certificate of citizens, enabling their mobility across different countries.
The solution will involve:
- Health organizations that will be able to execute the process towards virus immunity and issue the COVID-19 immunity certificate with an expiration time based on the virus immunity duration.
- Citizens will be provided with an encrypted QR Code based on blockchain infrastructure.
- Airlines that will be able to scan the encrypted QR code, decrypt the information, and verify the validity of the information, as well as the validity of the certificate itself through the blockchain infrastructure.
Aviation frees us from the limits of geography, distance and time. Aviation is the business of freedom. —International Air Transport Association (IATA)
This seems totally contradictory in comparison with the moments that humanity is going through the last 3 months. At the moment, more than 4 billion people are being ordered to stay home by their governments. The moments are unprecedented for the whole of humanity. The rapid spreading of COVID-19 across the globe leads to the enforcement of severe restrictions on aviation. The vast majority of flights are being canceled since the risk factor of disease spreading is extremely high.
Today humanity is going through the worldwide public health crisis. Once the disease crisis wanes, another major challenge will rise:
- What will be the factors that will lead us back to regularity?
- What will be the factors that will allow us to travel safely?
CovIDpass aims at providing the solution to the challenge of safe air traveling by offering the infrastructure to certify, verify and validate the COVID Immunity of the passengers, allowing them to enter the plane and travel, by an objective and indisputable fashion.
The major medical enablers of the whole process are a) the serological testing and b) the vaccination. The serological testing constitutes a type of blood test that looks for the presence of antibodies produced by the immune system against SARS-CoV-2. The presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 ensures the immunity of the subject. The immunity will also be ensured through the vaccination that will be performed once the specific vaccine will be produced.
The medical organization (public or private) that will execute the process towards virus immunity will be able to input the specific information in CovIDpass platform. CovIDpass will store the information in blockchain infrastructure, as well as produce on-the-fly an encrypted QR code that will be sent to the subject. The encrypted QR code will contain the unique identifier of the subject, as well as the certified immunity result.
The electronic immunity certificate will be stored in the mobile of the end-user as an electronic card. Once the subject needs to travel, they will have to present the specific certificate to the ground handler controllers alongside with the boarding pass and the passport. The ground handling controller will be equipped with the CovIDpass QR scanner that will be able to scan the encrypted QR code, decrypt the information and verify the validity of the information, as well as the validity of the certificate itself through the blockchain infrastructure.
Thus, CovIDpass infrastructure will engage the various stakeholders, as well as provide them with the technological means to operate towards the air-traveling safety in the post-COVID era.
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