The Public Health Blockchain Consortium (PHBC) has announced a new system. The system monitors healthy, uninfected individuals as they move between locations. This is in order to automatically identify zones that are considered safe or unsafe. Called VirusBlockchain, it serves as a systematic, continuous, and anonymous verification of citizens and all workplaces in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection. The project is unlike other approaches that would typically track infected persons.
Clearly the concept is not without its potential problems, such as the possibility of someone slipping through a “virus-free zone.” But the effort represents an early attempt by a technology provider to work in tandem with other partners to curb the rapid rate of infections by putting advanced innovations to the test.
PHBC platform is Netherlands based
Qlikchain, founded in 2017 and based in the Netherlands, is the provider of the blockchain platform and administrator of the PHBC. The company’s mission is to provide tools to benefit environmental, social, and economic issues. This is not unlike other leading blockchain providers including IBM, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, and AWS. Its portfolio is comprised of a UI module, a secure and verified marketplace of partner services (e.g., digital contracts, billing/invoicing), and a permissioned blockchain platform helping customers build transparency and traceability in various value chains.
The company’s flagship blockchain platform, Borlaug Webservices, is aimed at a variety of use cases supporting sustainable communities. It was only in 2017 that the company began gathering seed money, primarily from the World Startup Factory, a relatively new group of investors with a reported portfolio of 54 current companies. Qlikchain’s blockchain solutions typically target real estate, supply chain transparency, academic credentialing and citizen services, delivered through a blockchain-as-a-service model on mobile and web platforms for companies moving into this new digital era looking to develop digital contracts and manage trade assets on blockchain.
In other blockchain news this week, an Alibaba affiliate, Ant Financial, tapped into the use of blockchain solutions to expedite Coronavirus payment claims through its company Alipay.
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