SINGAPORE, 17 August 2021: Affinidi, a Singapore-based technology company, has partnered with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, to advance the aviation industry’s ability to read, authenticate and validate Covie-19 test results digitally.
Currently, travellers are required to book pre-departure
tests at accredited healthcare institutions and present the health reports with
negative test results to airlines and immigration authorities before they can
board their flights. However, the lack of a global standard for digital health
credentials impedes the verification process.
Affinidi’s goal is to enhance its travel verification and
interoperable solution that reads and authenticates various verifiable QR codes
on health reports in a confidential manner, regardless of the issuing authority
and format, allowing airlines to process health credentials more seamlessly.
Since 27 March this year, Etihad has been trialling
Affinidi’s travel verification solution to authenticate the digital health
credentials of passengers travelling from Singapore to Abu Dhabi.
Through this partnership, Etihad became the first airline to
trial Affinidi’s Healthcare Network Assessment (HNA) programme in Bahrain,
Cairo, Maldives, Manila, and Jakarta. The airline is working with Affinidi to
identify the types of pre-departure test results issued by healthcare providers
as well as overall valid scan rates of QR codes on health reports when
passengers check-in at the airports.
The assessment has captured over 9,000 guest check-ins and
identified 141 healthcare labs across five markets, and the data collected will
support Affinidi in identifying key healthcare providers to onboard onto its
safe travel ecosystem so that they may be able to integrate and authenticate
health reports issued by these providers. This will, in turn, increase the pool
of health reports that airlines can digitally verify while guarding against
fraudulent reports and improving the airlines’ ability to process and validate health
reports more efficiently.
Over the coming months, Etihad will continue to extend the
Affinidi Healthcare Network Assessment across more destinations in its network.