Thursday, June 03, 2021

Govt developing ‘vaccine passport’ with Portugal firm, digital ID that may be future of travel

New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation is actively working with a Portugal-based multinational technology firm to develop mobile health passports but no formal decision has been taken yet, ThePrint has learnt.

The company, Vision-Box, develops biometrics, mechatronics and surveillance solutions and has partnered with airports, airlines, border control and governments worldwide.

“No formal decision has been made on India’s mobile health passport technology, but it is clear that in order to resume international travel and allow Indians to enter other countries, a mobile health passport technology will need to be in place,” Mitul Ruparelia, head of sales in Europe, Middle East, Africa & India, Vision-Box told ThePrint.

This is likely to be closely linked to the DigiYatra platform, he added. DigiYatra is an initiative launched by the Modi government in October 2018 to promote paperless air travel using facial recognition and other technologies.

“I think the pandemic is a new way of living and mobile health passports won’t be a one-time fix,” Ruparelia said, adding that vaccines will become imperative to travelling.

When asked to corroborate the initiative, an official from the civil aviation ministry told ThePrint that they will not be able to comment on the issue at this stage.

03/06/21 Pia Krishnankutty/Print

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