Xerox Emirates has teamed up with the United Kingdom’s V-Health Passport Ltd. to launch its digital health passport and contract tracing platform of the same name in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the wider Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.
The exclusive strategic agreement between the two parties includes holding all distribution rights within the region, Xerox Emirates confirmed.
First launched in April 2020, the V-Health Passport is part of parent cyber technology company, VST Enterprises (VSTE), which uses its “revolutionary patented VCode and VPlatform technology.”
“Xerox Emirates continues to support the UAE’s drive towards a safe environment that uses the most advanced, secure, efficient and reliable solutions to upgrade and streamline essential and everyday processes,” said Shahzeen Mir, Sales and Marketing Director at Xerox Emirates. “Our exclusive partnership with V-Health Passport will help fast track the authentication of COVID-19 tests in addition to tracking and maintaining records in the UAE’s healthcare sector.
“The all-in-one solution is a perfect synergy between companies, and our expertise will ensure an easier to use, faster to implement, more adaptable system than there has ever been before in this industry.”
THE LARGER CONTEXT
Available on both Android and iOS, the V-Health Passport works by providing a single application to track a multitude of information, including COVID-19 vaccination status, recent tests – including PCR, LAMP, rapid antigen and antibody tests – travel and boarding pass details, and even event details. All information can be obtained by others by scanning the VCode on the app.
Meanwhile, the passport’s fully automated contact tracing system, dubbed “True Contact”, alerts a user when they have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 either by the V-Health Passport or venue “VCodes”. According to V-Health Passport Ltd., VCodes are “gaining popularity” with music, sports, restaurants and hotel venues.
“A ‘trackandtrace’ venue code is set up with a digital geo-fence assisting the system with live contact tracing. This means if a passport user who has visited the venue tests positive for coronavirus, other users who visited the venue on that same day will automatically receive an email, text and app alert prompting them to be re-tested,” the company said in a statement.
The UAE is tightening its COVID-19 measures by introducing more restrictions to those currently not vaccinated. For example, from August 20 in Abu Dhabi, only those vaccinated will be permitted to enter public places, including shopping centres, restaurants, cafes, gyms, health clubs, resorts, museums, cultural centres and theme parks. Restrictions also apply to universities, public and private schools, and nurseries.
ON THE RECORD
“V-Health Passport is delighted to partner with Xerox Emirates. Their experience in scaling business in similar fields as V-Health Passport will be paramount for the ongoing growth and success of our products,” said Louis-James Davis, CEO of V-Health Passport.