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Brief Published: 21 Dec 2020

World’s First Cyber-Secure Fit-to-Fly Passport

VST Enterprises

In an attempt to reboot travel in a safe and secure way amid the ongoing pandemic, Manchester tech company VST Enterprises (VSTE) has unveiled the world’s first publicly available fit-to-fly digital passport.

The V-Passport app, downloadable from the Apple App Store and Google Play, can securely store any form of Covid-19 test records and other vaccination information [as in not just Covid info] alongside ID certifications that can be scanned at the airport before departure.

The app forgoes bar or QR codes (both susceptible to fraud), instead using its proprietary VCode scanning technology, which features end-to-end encryption. The information can only be decoded via a combination of geolocation, device type, user login and date and time, making it near impossible to hack.

The company also hopes that these cyber-secure health passports will help curb the growing trade in fake negative Covid-19 test certificates.

VSTE founder and chief executive Louis-James Davis said in a press statement: “We are the first technology company in the world to have developed a secure, multipurpose, cross-corporate and cross-government digital health passport that does not rely on using bar codes or QR [quick response] codes as its authentication technology.”

For other safe and secure ways that travel brands are attempting to restimulate global travel, read American Airlines’ At-Home Pre-Departure Testing Scheme and Healthcare’s High-Tech Future.

See also Profiling the Future Traveller and Roadmaps to Recovery: Travel & Hospitality for further reading on traveller expectations going forward.