To help navigating frequently changing travel regulations and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mindtree has developed a solution that would allow travellers to comply with country-specific entry requirements and protocols in an easy, quick and secure way.
Called Digital Health Passport for Travel, the solution enables travellers to locate COVID-19 testing providers, schedule tests and make sure that test results meet their destination's criteria. It also facilitates swifter approvals by allowing travellers to digitally store, manage, validate and share test results, vaccine certifications, self-attestations, travel authorisation forms and other travel documents.
The solution is built using Hyperledger Fabric blockchain technology and is presented a white-label offering can work in tandem with the existing apps of travel suppliers, saving them the time, cost and effort required to engage with new partners for every change. The plug-and-play solution is designed to easily integrates with airlines’ mobile application while securing their passengers’ privacy. It is platform-agnostic, cloud-scalable and compliant with GDPR/CCPA and other regulations.
Furthermore, it adapts in real-time to changes in entry restrictions and COVID requirements. It can also be readily integrated with boarding gates readers, check-in kiosks, border management systems, e-gates and standalone identity desktops. It can also be easily plugged into Evernym's verifiable credentials platform, Sherpa's visa and travel rules API, International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Timatic passenger verification database, and Smartvel's AI-powered travel solutions.
"Amid a wide range of rapidly evolving travel health standards because of the pandemic with no single authority to harmonize them, travellers worldwide are dealing with a high degree of confusion and ambiguity," said Venu Lambu, executive director and president for global markets at Mindtree. "The digital health passport for travel is a comprehensive and long-term solution that addresses multiple aspects of travel-readiness and drives seamless, contactless and paperless travel health workflows. This makes it easier for travellers as well as authorities to make informed decisions, speed up processes and minimize health risks."
In addition to airlines, hotels, cruise lines, airports, government agencies and car rental firms, the solution can also be used by companies to monitor and manage workplace safety when offices reopen.
"Mindtree's Digital Health Passport for Travel has enormous potential to boost travel safety as well as traveller confidence in the new normal," said Daniela Barbosa, executive director at Hyperledger Foundation, and general manager, Blockchain, Healthcare and Identity for the Linux Foundation. "We are pleased that Mindtree has chosen Hyperledger Fabric's modular, plug-and-play and versatile design for the solution to deliver speed, efficiency and performance at scale.”
She added: “As an industry-wide open-source initiative, Hyperledger Fabric also enables the solution to harness the latest innovation in blockchain technology. It is great to see Hyperledger technology being put to work to provide travellers with easy movements and uninterrupted flows, and help airlines, airports and authorities better meet regulatory safety requirements."