EQS-News / 22/01/2021 / 12:05 UTC+8
Heathrow Covid Chaos British Tech Co Has Solution
BRITISH TECH COMPANY HAS
GLOBAL COVID & VACCINATION
SECURE PASSPORT SOLUTION
FIRM WARNED OF SERIOUS RISKS TO AIR TRAVEL IN DECEMBER
FROM FAKE COVID 19 TEST & VACCINE CERTIFICATES
HEALTH PASSPORTS WITH UNSECURE QR & BAR CODE TECHNOLOGY
MANCHESTER, UK / ACCESSWIRE / January 22, 2021 / British tech company VST Enterprises (VSTE) warned airlines and the
travel industry in December of last year of 'Covid related security threats' prior to the chaotic scenes that unfolded
at Heathrow airport (Monday 18th Jan).
Tech boss and CEO Louis-James Davis warned of the very real and serious threats facing airlines, airports and
passengers from fake Covid 19 test certificates, vaccination record cards, social distancing breaches and the use of
health passports with 'un safe' QR and bar code technology. He also warned of the serious implications of potential
data breaches using 'unsecure' code scanning technology in health passports.
Passengers arriving into the UK this week (Monday) were faced with unprecedented scenes at Heathrow airport with long
delays, social distancing rules breached, altercations between passengers and border officials, GBP500 on the spot fines
and passengers being refused entry to flights for holding invalid Covid 19 certificates. The chaos came as the British
Government put in place tough new measures for entry into the UK in a bid to get a grip of the pandemic and prevent the
further spread of infection. Passengers were required to provide verifiable proof of their Covid 19 negative test
VSTE developed and launched the worlds first secure digital health passport called V-Health Passport(TM) in April
(2020) both for passengers and airlines which authenticates a persons health status including Covid test status and
their vaccination records all within a secure digital passport. The V-Health Passport(TM) 'cross border' technology can
be used across all air, land and sea transport infrastructure. The V-Health Passport(TM) has over 200 clinics across
the UK where a person can book a Covid test - including a PCR based test - and be recognised as 'FIT TO FLY' by all
International airlines. VSTE believes its solution can solve the global airline and travel issue.
V-Health Passport(TM) will shortly start its roll out program of secure health passport across number of airlines and
airports globally. In the UK it has already started this programme and is available through its healthcare testing
partners Salutaris People www.salutarispeople.com and Akea Life at www.akealife.co.uk both at Newcastle and Liverpool
John Lennon airports.
Both healthcare partners also offer full airline travel Covid testing at their own clinics with PCR based testing for
airline travel with a V-Health Passport(TM). They also supply 'home test kits' which are supervised over Zoom calls.
It is the first company in the world to have a fully functioning and secure LIVE health passport that carries a persons
Covid test status and vaccination record in one secure app. Most importantly the technology is GDPR compliant and was
built on a privacy framework of 'Self Sovereign Identity' where the person - or airline passenger - can choose what
information they want to share, when they want to share it and with who. Privacy by design is at the forefront of the
V-Health Passport(TM) framework unlike other health passport technologies.
V-Health Passport(TM) is a test and vaccine agnostic platform working with all Covid 19 protocols from PCR to rapid
antigen and antibody tests which can also authenticate a persons vaccine immunisation record. V-Health Passport(TM) is
also the most secure passport technology in the world unlike bar codes and QR codes which are subject to a process
called 'Attagging' where a QR code can be cloned and faked. Using the VCode(R) cyber coding, it works on a 'closed
loop' system with 'end-to-end' encryption and has over 2.2 Quintillion variations of codes that are subject to many
scanning permissions making it impossible to hack the front or back end.
V-Health Passport(TM) is 10 seconds faster than any code scanner and can also be scanned within and outside of the safe
social distancing of 2 metres, whereas bar codes and QR codes have to be scanned in close proximity of inches. In other
circumstances it can also be scanned upto 100 metres away, allowing for easier crowd and queue ingress and egress.
In addition to the security flaws and close proximity of QR code scanning, another downfall of using QR Code for this
type of passport solution is that a user may have to carry hundreds of different QR codes for the same identity use
case. Companies who wish to add any form of extra security to the QR code would also have to offer their own app to
scan a QR code which may lead to a consumer having to carry 100's of apps or codes due to the QR codes open source
nature (not being generated from a central source).
Commenting on the chaos around the events at Heathrow, VSTE CEO Louis-James Davis said;
"The scenes at Heathrow could have been easily avoided by using a secure system such as V-Health Passport(TM). Both
airports and the airlines need to move to a secure digital platform technology to ensure the security and faster
processing of passengers to verify their Covid status and vaccination records. We have that technology now and it is
available for airline passengers and the airlines to download and use today. By using the V-Health Passport(TM)
technology a passengers valid Covid 19 test certificate could have been scanned further than the 2 metre safe social
distancing protocols and upto 100 metres away. This would have allowed for a smooth ingress of passengers coming
through border control into the UK verified against their identity. This would have also helped the passengers to
maintain safe social distancing and a much quicker processing through border control thus avoiding the social breaches
The V-Health Passport(TM) would not only provide border officials and airports with authentication of an airline
passengers Covid 19 test status - with both a digital and printed PCR test certificate - but also their vaccination
records. The technology also verifies a persons genuine identity against their existing Government ID adding another
layer of security. There has been a phenomenal rise in the sale of 'Fake Covid' certificates, with both Russia and the
Middle East seeing the greatest activity and posing a serious threat to global aviation security.
Using any open-source technology such as RFID, bar code or QR code with any form of health passport or vaccine card/
certificate leads it wide open to being hacked or cloned with a person effectively making themselves 'permanently Covid
negative' and 'permanently vaccinated' and allowing them to travel freely. By moving towards a secure 'one for all'
technology based solution that passengers can use with their phones, will not only protect the data of passengers but
also the safety of their health. It will ensure that a passenger who is travelling has a valid Covid test result or
vaccine immunisation record and ensuring other fellow passengers are safe."
The V-Health Passport(TM) technology has a complete audit trail of a persons Covid testing, their vaccination records
and the clinics where those tests or vaccinations have been conducted. This information is also protected under the
'Self Sovereign Identity' data framework allowing only the passenger to view this information, with officials only able
to see a current and valid Covid 19 test or vaccine status in the GDPR display of the app.
With the alarming increase and black market trade in fake Covid 19 test certificates and also vaccination cards and
certificates this also puts a very real threat and risk to passenger safety. It poses a threat to airlines and
international borders with the potential for a passenger carrying a fake Covid test certificate or vaccination card -
who may be asymptomatic - to board an aircraft and infect other passengers. This poses a very real threat to the
aviation sector and to Governments around the world as they try to arrest the rate of infection.
It is well documented that bar codes and QR codes can be hacked so any airline who considers using a health passport
for Covid 19 testing and vaccination using this method of authentication risks a serious potential breach of its
passenger data. In 2018 British Airways was fined a record GBP20M for a data breach on 400,000 of its customers which
affected their personal and credit card data. It now faces one of the biggest ever group privacy claims in UK legal
history as reported in the Financial Times. It comes at a time when security over the use of bar codes and QR codes in
airline travel has come under intense scrutiny following the cyber attack last year on the former Australian Prime
Minister Tony Abbot. The former PM had his Qantas airline boarding pass hacked. Details including his passport, mobile
phone and messages between Qantas staff about him were intercepted.
VSTE CEO Louis-James Davis added;
"We are the first technology company in the world to have developed a secure, multipurpose, cross corporate & cross
government digital health passport that does not rely on using 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'. Therefore any suggestion of using this type of technology in a health
passport for air travel has very real security risks. Not only is a citizen's personal information at risk, but their
Covid test status, vaccination records and also their credit card information. All of this can lead to the very real
potential of a massive data breach and a persons personal information and data hacked and stolen. This is of particular
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