The blockchain platform is being used by officials to verify health and safety across 95 residential communities
Enterprise-friendly blockchain VeChain previously collaborated with DNV GL to create VeTrust, a blockchain-based application for risk self-assessment. Now, adoption by the local Chinese government means that the platform is being used in more than 200 public spaces, according to a press release yesterday.
VeTrust uses the data visualisation module of VeChain’s blockchain as a service (BaaS) platform ToolChain to provide businesses with immutable records of cleanliness. With the help of DNV’s infection risk management methodology, the platform provides online training materials and in-app assessment checklists which are constantly updated.
VeTrust started out by helping the small to mid-scale hospitality industry in China to manage its COVID-19 risk factors and was adopted by hotels including InterContinental Shanghai Hongqiao NECC. The use of blockchain enables hotels to provide trustworthy proof of compliance standards like housekeeping practices and food preparation.
The platform has since expanded following adoption by the People’s Government of Suzhou New District, who recognised VeTrust as one of the top 10 blockchain applications during an event last month.
Local officials are now using the platform to verify the continued health and safety of community residents in all administrative areas of the district. This covers 300,000 people across 95 residential communities.
Infection risk management self-assessment is made simpler through VeTrust’s standardised framework and officials can assess the readiness of each community as it is shown by a colour-coded QR code. Data on the implementation of COVID-19 risk management practices and proof of hygiene compliance can easily be accessed and shared securely with the government each day.
China has proved to be more open to blockchain technology than many other jurisdictions. Not only is the Chinese government way ahead of most other countries in development of its central bank digital currency (CBDC), but various governmental departments launched a “linked port” blockchain system to improve cross-border trade in the Greater Bay Area.
Blockchain has also been leveraged in China to deal with the effects of the pandemic before. Last year, it was announced that a blockchain health code system that provides electronic passes had enabled tourism between mainland China and Macao to resume.
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Author: Alice Leetham