Singapore builds Blockchain based standard to ease travel in pandemic

Singapore builds Blockchain based standard to ease travel in pandemic

With blockchain emerging as a revolutionary technology across digital services, it is gradually gaining recognition in several sectors and countries. In this regard, Singapore has reportedly made a debut in this field by using blockchain technology for developing an interoperable international standard dubbed HealthCerts for cross-border COVID-19 test verification that is expected to ease travelling amidst the pandemic. According to credible sources, Singapore’s Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO) along with the Ministry of Health have developed the standard using blockchain technology.

It has been reported that starting from March 10, the passengers undergoing pre-departure COVID-19 tests in the country will receive their results in digital form according to the standard. The certificate is required to be notarized after which it can be verified by the immigration officials at airports. This is anticipated to save considerable time spent during these verification procedures. The notarized pre-departure test results will be available on SingPass mobile app, which provides online account management to access the e-services of Singapore government.

Sources have confirmed that the Singapore government is also looking forward to making the vaccine certificates available on HealthCerts standard.

According to a statement released by SNDGO, the notarize system approves locally issued certificates and the verification system helps in checking the authenticity of such certificates. SNDGO has also open-sourced HealthCerts standard as well as the technology and has partnered with various private sector companies for developing interoperable solutions.

As of February 24, nine companies have been reportedly authorized to work with clinics across the country for issuing the certificates as per the blockchain technology-based standard.

For the uninitiated, Blockchain is essentially a shared ledger that offers higher visibility and stores information in the form of blocks that are chained to one another. This structure apparently allows its usage across various sectors like telecom, financial institutions, retail companies, logistics, supply chain among others.

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