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A British cyber security company believes it holds the key to unlocking the Covid-19 quarantine international travellers and sports teams.

VST Enterprises has developed an “ultra secure” digital health passport based on “third generation code scanning technology”.

The platform can reportedly provide airport and airline personnel with instant verification of a traveller’s Covid-19 antigen and antibody test results – and oversight of when their next tests are due.

Covid-19 tests taken and administered by health professionals can be uploaded into the app, which is supported by an “intelligent traffic light system”.

Red indicates test positive, Green indicating negative and amber being the countdown clock until the next test is due.

The platform also verifies a persons identity against existing official ID such as a passport or photographic identity which is then verified against a live likeness test.

The V-Health Passport combines an emerging type of code scanning technology and secure end-to-end encryption.

QR codes, which are used in other such offerings, are difficult to scan at a safe distance within the parameters of social distancing.

They are also vulnerable to “attagging” – in which rogue QR codes which look like the genuine article are used in cyber attacks smart phones.

Vcode used in and V-Health Passport can be scanned outside the two-metre safe distancing zones and is protected with end to end encryption to protect data.

VST Enterprises is in talks with “various sports governing bodies globally” and says it is ready to deploy the technology; which it believes will allow all professional athletes and sports teams to resume their European and International sports fixtures and become exempt from quarantine if they can show a valid health status as test negative for Covid-19.

Former sports minister Richard Caborn welcomed the initiative by saying:“This is a major breakthrough for all sports to allow their athletes and teams to travel across borders using a health passport.

“Whilst testing is the key to ascertaining health status, the missing part of this is the mechanism is the official verification and validation that you have taken a test. The health passport not only confirms who you are, as its been verified alongside your passport, but also confirms the Covid test status and when this test was administered.

“This would also for great movement of professional athletes to complete UK, European and International fixtures. I also see this would have great potential for also allowing international airline travel to resume with the airlines all working together.”

Home secretary Priti Patel announced recently that all travellers coming to the UK after the 8th June would be required to comply with a mandatory self isolation of 14 days with tough penalties for those who do not comply.

The announcement has far reaching implications for international travel to and from the UK, tourism and also for sports teams competing in European and International sports events, leagues and professional competitions.

VST Enterprises says it is engaged with senior UK Government officials, NHSX, the digital transformation arm of the NHS, and The Home Office.

CEO Louis-James Davis said: “A digital health passport is the key to unlocking quarantine restrictions for anyone who is travelling from country to country.  This would also allow professional athletes and sports teams from across football, rugby, cricket, tennis and Formula 1 to travel and complete their seasons and tournaments even if this first phase is behind closed doors away from fans.

“If someone takes a Covid-19 test how do you know they have actually taken the test ? that the person taking the test is who they say they are ? All a test kit does is confirm a test result positive or negative, it does not however confirm a persons identity. Emails or pieces of paper with test results can be manipulated and faked and people might be tempted to do that.”

“We believe that V-Health Passport™ will be a passport that all Governments will move towards as a standard part of our digital wallet, in the same way we have a drivers licence and passport to verify our identity and credentials.”

VST Enterprises also recently announced a deal to supply VCode technology for use in 50 Million digital health passports to COVIPASS, which has orders from 15 countries including Italy, Portugal, France, Panama, India, the US, Canada, Sweden, Spain, South Africa, Mexico, United Arab Emirates and The Netherlands.

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