For the first time, a small group of air travellers flying from Germany and Estonia to the UAE has tested the health data platform and app SimplyGo in a live environment.
As part of the trial project, SimplyGo is partnering with technology provider SITA. SITA’s advanced technology platforms and experience in border management, airport, and airline operations were crucial in distributing the SimplyGo platform across continents.
Ahead of the trial, some travellers obtained negative Covid-19 results via their SimplyGo app prior to boarding. Another group had a positive result or did not have a test done at all. They were ultimately denied check-in and boarding. The data was then securely stored on the SimplyGo platform to be accessed by airlines and border officials authorizing boarding of the plane and eventually arrival at the destination country, the UAE.
Integration to the UAE government systems was made possible through the Advance Passenger Processing (APP) platform delivered by SITA. Integrating SimplyGo with APP forms part of SITA’s Health Protect ecosystem, simplifying and automating the inclusion of health data into existing airline, airport, and government processes.
Enable travelling again with secure data infrastructure
Both direct and connecting flights were successfully tested. Travellers were able to fly from Munich to the UAE return as well as Tallinn to the UAE via Frankfurt. In both examples, their approved Covid-19 test results were stored on the SimplyGo platform and, at the point of check-in, the traveller was approved or denied to travel by the relevant border officials using SITA APP.
Peter Bauer, founder of SimplyGo, said: “The trial demonstrated that SimplyGo technology supports travellers and airlines in adhering to health requirements and secure systems. The app is extremely simple for travellers to use. Just a few clicks and users securely store their Covid-19 test or vaccination information, making it accessible for airlines and border officials. There’s no paperwork or bar code at the check-in needed, all data is managed securely and highly protected from fraud. This trial is the first step in rolling out SimplyGo, to help restore confidence in air travel and to ensure a safer and more efficient air travel for all.”
Jeremy Springall, Vice-President SITA AT BORDERS, said: “As the technology provider for the air transport industry we are working closely with governments, industry bodies, and border organisations globally to mitigate health risks of travel during the pandemic.
“SITA’s Health Protect ecosystem enables interoperability and acts as a bridge between health passport schemes, airlines, airports, and governments. It comprises a suite of solutions, including SITA Health ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization), SITA APP, and SITA Flex for in-airport passenger flow monitoring. Selecting the right combination of products and integrating with a health pass system like SimplyGo, ensures governments are aware of who is intending to travel and their health status. Governments can then make informed decisions on who to allow to travel. We’re excited for the potential of SITA‘s Health Protect ecosystem to support the industry recovery in 2021 and enable safer, simpler travel experiences for passengers.”
SimplyGo integrating with global platforms
One of the founders of SimplyGo, Nortal, is member of the Estonian consortium of IT companies involved in the joint initiative of the Estonian government and the WHO, working to provide a trust framework for vaccination data globally. SimplyGo and the consortium are working on the global interoperability standards to enable travellers control over secure access and sharing of Covid-19 and other medical related data for travel purposes.
Following the trial, the deployment will be further optimised and made available for wider distribution to customers.
Creating the new norm of travelling
With SimplyGo, travellers and the transportation industry alike benefit from a highly secure and GDPR-compliant data platform with standardized gateways and state-of-the-art technology. Only officially accredited medical providers can transmit personal data. This brings the possibility of fraud to a minimum. Personal data is under full control of the user and can always be hosted in their country of residence under respective rules and regulations. A user has to actively give access to their data and can withdraw it anytime. - TradeArabia News Service