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UK tech company creates ‘health passports’ to ease frictionless border post-Brexit

Mobile health passports could ease international operations

With Brexit in place and the horror of the closed UK-French border just before Christmas still fresh in everyone’s minds, a UK tech company has put forward a solution to the UK government that could help maintain a frictionless border as we move forward with Brexit trading.

British cyber technology company VST Enterprises (VSTE) has written to the Secretary Of State For Transport Grant Shapps and the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to offer the British designed technology solution as part of a campaign to enable all freight drivers both in the UK and Europe to have their own secure digital health passport designed for freight transportation.

The cross border platform called V-Health Passport can already be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store by searching for ‘VPassport’.

Using the tool, haulage drivers can access the technology and download the secure digital health passport to their smartphones and get signed up in minutes. Each driver can be given either a Covid-19 rapid antigen test at the roadside or a 24-hour PCR test and results then confirmed and uploaded to their V-Health Passport.

This will provide proof and authentication of a lorry drivers genuine identity and their test/vaccination status. The longer term solution for freight transport post Brexit would be for all UK and European haulage drivers to take a PCR Covid test prior to cross border travel and have their results uploaded to their V-Health Passport. 

The test and vaccine agnostic health passport – which can work with all Covid testing protocols – provides a secure technology and audit trail of a persons Covid test results which can be displayed in a fully GDPR compliant way. The passport can also hold details of a drivers vaccination records and display this.

The information sits behind an ultra-secure end to end encrypted system protected by a unique code technology called VCode. The technology can also be scanned outside of the two metre social distancing protocol and also upto 100 metres away on moving objects where QR code technology can only be scanned within inches and breaching social distancing. 

Commenting on the technology, Louis-James Davis CEO of VST Enterprises and inventor of the V-Health Passport and VCode says: “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 UPC bar codes or QR codes as its authentication technology. Both bar codes and QR codes have huge potential security implications as they can be cloned and hacked with the latter being subject to a process called ‘Attagging’.”

He continues: “We have written to the Secretary Of State For Transport and the Prime Minister to offer our technology and services to assist the UK Government alongside their roadside testing protocols for the drivers. The freight drivers currently stranded in Kent could be onboarded with our technology in a matter of minutes which they could download and access themselves. With the Army assisting the NHS teams on the ground in Kent a driver’s test result and Covid status could be easily uploaded straight to their V-Health Passport™ so that this can provide proof and verification of a  valid Covid test at the port of entry or departure. “

The UK Freight ban has also highlighted yet again the need for a cross-border secure digital health passport to provide support in a pandemic and beyond. The lorry drivers and hauliers across the UK do an outstanding job transporting goods both across the UK and Europe and deserve a much more efficient system using the latest technology.  The pandemic has illustrated that it is in times of crisis that we really understand the value and critical contribution of key infrastructure workers.

Davis adds: “We developed and built the V-Health Passport and health wallet to be the most secure passport on the planet with our VCode technology.  The V-Health Passport can be used to combine your Covid test status, vaccination record, boarding pass, airline ticket, music or sports ticket all in one app.”

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