Blockchain-based Covid-19 compliance tool used in Singapore to return to work

International SOS and Singapore company Energy Drilling Management have announced a successful pilot of its ICC AOKpass mobile app, which provides trusted recognition of individuals’ Covid-19 compliance status from Singapore to Thailand.

Following the pilot launch of the tool in May, Energy Drilling worked with International SOS to test the app for a ten-strong crew that needed to travel aboard an oil rig vessel to conduct drilling services for its client, PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP).

All ten personnel were screened with a PCR swab test and the results were verified by a doctor. Their medical results were saved on the crew’s individual AOKpass app and sent to the client in Thailand ahead of their journey.

Using these results, International SOS said that it worked with Energy Drilling and PTTEP to facilitate a smooth entry to the Songkhla Port Authority when they arrived in Thailand. The request was approved with ease as it provided the assurance to the authorities that the medical test results were from an accredited source and had been authenticated via the AOKpass app, explained the company.

“Thus far, the app has proved invaluable in ensuring the health and safety of our workforce and enabling business productivity during the trip,” said Alex Maroske, head of quality, health, safety, environment at Energy Drilling. “Using blockchain to secure and verify the data, as well as the ability to control and carry around your own health records, is a breakthrough and will be a major enabler in allowing businesses to return to work.”

Juliana Gim, managing director of International SOS Singapore, said she believes that the pilot project is an exciting look at how travel can resume against the backdrop of Covid-19: “The successful pilot of ICC AOKpass with Energy Drilling is encouraging as it marks an important step in our journey and the aim of implementing a trusted and standardised global system to facilitate the return to work across many industries. In time, we hope that this will see widespread adoption to facilitate a fast, safe and secure return to work.”