VST Enterprises – Covid Digital Health Passport Holds the Key to Lifting Sports & Airline Travel Quarantine

UNITED KINGDOM / AGILITYPR.NEWS / May 28, 2020 / DIGITAL ‘V-HEALTH PASSPORT™’

HOLDS KEY TO LIFTING 14 DAY SPORTS & TRAVEL QUARANTINE

British Cyber Technology Firm Has Solution To Lift Travel Quarantine For Sports Teams & To Resume Airline Travel 

Former Sports Minister Richard Caborn Backs Health Passport

A British cyber security company believes it holds the crucial key to unlocking the Covid-19 quarantine for sports teams and international travellers to and from the UK and globally with a unique digital health passport. The announcement has also received the support of former Sports Minister Richard Caborn who amongst many other legacies was responsible for bringing the 2012 Olympics to London.

VST Enterprises® is the Manchester based technology company which is behind the digital health passport V-Health Passport™ which uses the groundbreaking cyber security technology VCode®. V-Health Passport™ is ready to deploy and will verify Covid testing results for both antigen and antibody testing. This pivotal technology will allow International air travel and tourism to re start and allow sports teams to travel and become exempt from the proposed quarantine restrictions which are being deployed. 

British Home Secretary Priti Patel announced recently that all travellers coming to the United Kingdom after the 8th June would be required to comply with a mandatory self isolation of 14 days with tough penalties for those who do not comply. The announcement has far reaching implications for international travel to and from the UK, tourism and also for sports teams competing in European and International sports events, leagues and professional competitions.

VST Enterprises® – which is in extensive talks to various sports governing bodies globally – believes that its health passport will allow all professional athletes and sports teams to resume their European and International sports fixtures and become exempt from quarantine if they can show a valid health status as test negative for Covid-19.

Former Sports Minister Richard Caborn welcomed the initiative by saying;

“This is a major breakthrough for all sports to allow their athletes and teams to travel across borders using a health passport. Whilst testing is the key to ascertaining health status, the missing part of this is the mechanism is the official verification and validation that you have taken a test. The health passport not only confirms who you are, as its been verified alongside your passport, but also confirms the Covid test status and when this test was administered. This would also for great movement of professional athletes to complete UK, European and International fixtures. I also see this would have great potential for also allowing international airline travel to resume with the airlines all working together.” 

The company – who are engaged with senior UK Government officials, NHSX and The Home Office – has stated that by introducing a digital health passport it would provide the necessary authentication and verification of test status required. This would allow for one central point of digital passport technology to confirm a person has taken a COVID-19 test and their health status. It further stated that the V-Health Passport™ will pave the way for air travel and airlines to resume flying again in a safe and controlled manner.

By carrying a digital health passport each airline will be confident that passengers on board its flights have taken the appropriate measures and test status negative to pave the way for safer air travel. This will also have a significant impact for the airline travel industry and global tourism. 

Louis-James Davis CEO and founder of VST Enterprises said;

“A digital health passport is the key to unlocking quarantine restrictions for anyone who is travelling from country to country. This would also allow professional athletes and sports teams from across football, rugby, cricket, tennis and Formula 1 to travel and complete their seasons and tournaments even if this first phase is behind closed doors away from fans.

If someone takes a Covid-19 test how do you know they have actually taken the test ? that the person taking the test is who they say they are ? All a test kit does is confirm a test result positive or negative, it does not however confirm a persons identity. Emails or pieces of paper with test results can be manipulated and faked and people might be tempted to do that.

V-Health Passport™ is a unique technology that solves this problem instantly. We provide an ultra secure digital health passport that verifies and onboard’s a persons identity against existing official ID such as a passport or photographic identity and is then verified against a live likeness test. The Covid test is taken and administered by a health professional and then uploaded into the app technology in an intelligent traffic light system. Red indicates test positive with Green indicating test negative and amber being the countdown clock until the next test is due.

This would also have a major impact on air travel with airlines being able to resume their service. This would also prove a massive boost to regenerating tourism”

V-Health Passport™ uses third generation code scanning technology with ultra secure end to end encryption. VCode® technology is at the forefront of the worlds most secure digital health passport. QR codes which are being used in some offerings represent legacy, 2nd generation bar code technology. V-Health Passport™ uses VCode® to push past the barriers that the old tech had, allowing it to move into the next evolution.

QR codes are also vulnerable to “Attagging” and cannot be used to scan a health passport at a safe distance as they need to be in close proximity. VCode® and V-Health Passport™ scan outside the 2 metre safe distancing zones and in some circumstances upto and over 100 metres with end to end encryption to protect data. The V-Health Passport™does not track location in real time ( just interaction data) respecting user data and privacy

Louis-James Davis added;

“We believe that V-Health Passport™ will be a passport that all Governments will move towards as a standard part of our digital wallet, in the same way we have a drivers licence and passport to verify our identity and credentials.”

VSTE also recently announced and confirmed that it had signed a deal to supply its state-of-the-art VCode® technology for 50 Million digital health passports to COVIPASS which has orders from 15 countries including Italy, Portugal, France, Panama, India, the US, Canada, Sweden, Spain, South Africa, Mexico, United Arab Emirates and The Netherlands.

VSTE are also providing its VCode® & VPlatform® technology to work with the UNITED NATIONS as part of their SDG Collaboratory (Sustainable Development Goals) program – to provide a wide range of technology services to 9 Billion people by 2030.

 Notes:

The V-Health Passport® Health Passport User Journey

A short infomercial explains the technology at https://youtu.be/bh0EkEZMA90

•   A person would take a Covid-19 test 24 hours prior to travel which would be conducted by an authorised health professional such as a doctor or nurse. 

•  Prior to the test appointment the person downloads the V-Health Passport™ app to their smartphone device and onboard their key information such as name, address, age etc. They would also upload photographic identity documents such as passport or driver licence and then this is verified against a true likeness test with the user their identity using biometric fingerprint or facial scan.

•  The person then takes the COVID-19 test which is administered by an authorised Health Care Professional, Nurse or Doctor. The test is geo fenced to that location and the test results are then scanned from the testing kit into the V-Health Passport®.

•  A traffic light system then confirms their health status as either red or green, red for positive and green for negative. The amber colour indicates a countdown timer to when another test would be due and required.

•  The user can then show the health passport to authenticate their health status. The health passport can also be scanned well outside the safe distancing zone of 2/3m (and beyond) while the person is moving and at various angles to ensure continued social distancing guidelines.

•  The person then presents their V-Health Passport™ on arrival at the airport or travel departure point prior to check in and their health status confirmed. Other additional parameters put in place by the airport could include social distancing on arrival and temperature checks.

•  The process would then be repeated in each country for return travel back to their country of destination.  

ABOUT US

VST Enterprises Ltd

VST Enterprises (VSTE) is the company behind the VCode® and VPlatform®. Headquartered in Manchester, the company has satellite offices around the world and is operational in 16 countries.

VCode® & VPlatform®

VCode® represents the next generation of code scanning technology – an evolutionary step forward from traditional barcodes and QR Codes. VCode® has an infinite range of applications and capabilities from secure identification and ID, to geo location and geo fencing, asset tracking, authentication and permission based authorisations, fan and customer engagement through to biometrics and facial recognition.

VCode® can be used across a wide range of applications to securely purchase music, video and film content to concert and sports event tickets. It can also be used to screen exclusive film content, sales promotion and marketing and create dynamic marketing and fan engagement campaigns. Its wider uses also include anti counterfeiting and anti piracy.

A VCode® can be scanned from over 100 metres, with a 80:1 distance to size scan ratio, at 170-degree angles, on and from moving objects, and upon any multimedia or television screen and even when the VCode® is microscopic on bank notes or minerals. This allows users to access exclusive content, check the validity and authenticity of an item and make purchases while on the move. VCode® provides end to end encryption using closed loop technology with over 2.2 Quintillion combination codes.

Supporting the VCode® app is the VPlatform® – a secure cloud based portal that allows users to create VCode® and manage the content they lead to. The VPlatform® also provides users with real time analytics on who scanned their codes, when and where the scans took place, providing vital consumer data. The VPlatform® enables push notifications and rewards to be sent back to individuals who have made VCode® scans, offering opportunities for brands to significantly enhance their engagement levels with their client base.

For more information please visit www.vstenterprises.com or www.vcode.it/developers

Red Strike & Mike Farnan

Mike Farnan is the former International Managing Director of Manchester United Football Club and is a 25 year sports marketing veteran. During his career Mike has promoted sports brands worldwide including Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Williams Formula 1, Jordan Formula 1, Sheffield Utd and Sunderland FC. A highly skilled sports marketeer, Mike has worked with blue chip brands including Vodafone, Heineken, Red Bull, Air Malta, Visa, FIFA, DHL, Umbro, Coca Cola, Porsche, Nivea, Pepsi, Budweiser and Cadburys.

Red Strike was founded in 2013 by CEO Mike Farnan and is now regarded as the elite sports marketing agency in the UK across Football, Motorsports, Golf and Rugby. The company which has offices in London, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Romania, Auckland and Sydney is also the race promoter behind the hotly anticipated Kyalami 9 Hour Intercontinental Challenge, 2019 Intercontinental FGT Powered By Pirelli. The ex Formula 1 venue will join the Intercontinental GT Challenge in November 2019 with the revival of the South African tracks’s historic nine hour sports fixture. The event will put Africa on the IGTC calendar for the first time.

Red Strike is also the driving force behind a number of major football academies across Asia where it has secured the services of former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes as ambassadors.

For more information please visit www.redstrike.com

CONTACTS

Gerard Franklin

Head Of Communications & External Relationsgerard@vstenterprises.com

Phone: +44 07885 388398

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SGH2 technology promises cheap, ‘greener than green’ hydrogen from the trash.

“Greener than green” hydrogen.

Credit: SGH2 – SGH2 is bringing the world’s biggest green hydrogen production facility to Lancaster.

So far, the production of green hydrogen has been considered energy-intensive for industry, regarding heat supply or transport. Because in several steps (including electrolysis), a lot of (heat) energy has to be used. However, the game is changing with technical progress and new cleantech systems.

An interesting solution comes from the California company SGH2, which uses high-tech technology to produce hydrogen from municipal waste. In addition, it is cheap and environmentally friendly. The world’s largest environmentally friendly hydrogen production facility for SGH2 is to be built in Lancaster, California. The project has several characteristic elements, besides obviously the record size of the structure.

Currently, hydrogen production can rely on relatively clean technologies such as the electrolysis of water supplied by renewables to dirtier techniques such as coal gasification or fossil fuels such as natural gas. The second options are still the most popular worldwide, as they are also the cheapest. However, these processes release carbon dioxide, and to make the carrier really clean; it would be necessary to add carbon capture and sequestration plants – an operation that would increase costs.

What makes the SGH2 project interesting, at least on paper, is the ability to produce super-green hydrogen from waste that would otherwise sit in a landfill and rot, with a much lower amount of CO2 than fossil fuel systems but at equally competitive prices. Compared to electrolysis technologies, carbon emissions could be reduced by two to three times more.

How does it work?

The process, developed by Solena (the parent company of SGH2), uses plasma torches that reach temperatures between 3,500 and 4,000 °C. This heat, with the addition of oxygen-enriched gas, catalyzes a complete molecular dissociation of all hydrocarbons of any fuel introduced into the system. And when it starts to cool, it forms a very high-quality hydrogen-rich biosynthesis gas that is free of tar, soot and heavy metals.

The process uses plasma torches that reach temperatures between 3,500 and 4,000 °C.

The syngas then passes through a pressure swing absorber system, which produces “greener than green” hydrogen, as is required for use in vehicles with PEM fuel cells. SGH2’s patented Solena Plasma Enhanced Gasification (SPEG) technology extracts all of the carbon from the waste, remove all particles and acid gases, and does not produce any toxins or contaminants. The end result is high-purity hydrogen and a small amount of biogenic carbon dioxide that does not contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

The technology is capable of processing a wide range of waste, including paper, old tires, fabrics, and plastics, which it can handle without forming toxic by-products.

The world needs some good news right now, and we have it. Affordable, mass-produced, reliable green hydrogen is the missing link needed to decarbonize the world,” said SGH2 CEO Dr. Robert T. Do. “We are the only company in the world delivering green hydrogen that is cost-competitive with the cheapest, dirtiest hydrogen made from coal and gas, and much less expensive than other green hydrogen. Our technology can scale quickly and produce fuel 24/7, year-round.”

More carbon reduction, less cost.

The city of Lancaster will be a co-owner of the environmentally friendly hydrogen production facility, according to a recent memorandum of understanding. The SGH2 plant in Lancaster will be able to produce up to 11,000 kilograms of green hydrogen per day and 3.8 million kilograms per year – almost three times more than any other green hydrogen plant built or under construction worldwide. The plant will process 42,000 tons of recycled waste annually. Converting waste to clean fuel will result in an annual savings of $2.1 million to $3.2 million in landfill costs.

The Berkeley Lab conducted a preliminary life-cycle carbon analysis that found that SPEG technology reduced emissions by 23 to 31 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent for each ton of hydrogen produced, avoiding 13 to 19 tons more carbon dioxide per ton than any other green hydrogen process. And SGH2 hydrogen is said to be five to seven times cheaper than other green hydrogen, according to the cleantech company.

Furthermore, while electrolysis requires 62 KWh to produce 1 kg of hydrogen from 8 gallons of deionized water, the SGH2 process is energy positive. It generates its own power (1.8 Kwh per Kg of hydrogen) and does not require external power input to convert waste to hydrogen.

SGH2 expects the groundbreaking in the first quarter of 2021, commissioning in the fourth quarter of 2022 and full operation in the first quarter of 2023.

Original article courtesy of Inceptivemind.com and written by Amit Malewar.

Read it here: https://www.inceptivemind.com/sgh2-technology-promises-cheap-green-hydrogen-trash/13518/