On March 26 (local time), the state of New York in the United States started vaccination against the new coronavirus infection or the operation of a digital passport “Excelsior Pass” that proves negative. It is provided by Android and iOS apps, and the reader also supports it on a smartphone. The operation of the same type of digital certificate is said to be the first in the United States.
In countries where the new corona has been vaccinated, there is a gradual resumption of economic activity by proving that the vaccine has been vaccinated or negative, and the development of proof apps for that purpose is also active. is. However, in terms of regulating dubious apps, Apple only accepts applications for certified apps from trusted agencies.
・ Apple, “Corona Negative Certificate App” App Store submission is limited to trusted institutions or affiliated developers
In that respect, the Excelsior Pass is an official New York state, so it is highly reliable. IBM is cooperating in the development. Personal information including medical information is protected by blockchain and encryption, and it is said that not only IBM, the developer, but also the companies that read and use it cannot grasp it. In addition, when using it, it is necessary to show an ID card with a photo showing the name and date of birth along with the QR code. You can also use it by presenting the QR code printed on paper instead of displaying the QR code on your smartphone.
In New York, the Excelsior Pass will allow you to participate in events such as stadiums, arenas, and wedding receptions. Major facilities such as Madison Square Garden and Dimes Union Center will support Excelsior Pass in the coming weeks.
However, the use of Excelsior Pass is not compulsory, and it is voluntary for individuals or companies. If you do not use it, you can use the paper certificate as before, but it seems that it may become mandatory in the future.