In collaboration with the Music Venue Trust (MVT) and approved for trial by the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), You Check is set to trial its digital health passport platform in London and Bristol to aid venues and events to reopen safely following the coronavirus pandemic. The platform was originally developed in mid-2019 as a secure ticketing/ID verification system to reduce problematic secondary ticketing issues and public security concerns surrounding fraudulent ticket touts.
During the COVID-19 pandemic last year You Check focused primarily on enabling live entertainment venues to re-open and prosper in the wake of the sector's recovery; now ‘securely connecting its technology with track and trace software.’
The “digital health passport” – the system's foundation; will allow venue door staff and ingress operations to quickly verify an attendee’s name, age, ticket and important test result in one place as well as providing a crucial communication link between promoters and their full audiences, beyond the primary ticket buyer.
Working closely with the MVT, who through research have declared more than 400 grassroots music venues are at imminent risk of being closed permanently, the trials will take place at London’s 100 Club and Bristol’s 250 capacity Exchange.
The notification system has been adapted to assist track and trace by connecting with attendees and their accompanying test result data. The platform supports the secure ID documents from over 190+ countries.
“We’re working, not exclusively, with Innova in terms of testing – technology that looks for a viral load high enough to be contagious with 97 per cent plus accuracy,” Fred Krefting, founder and COO at You Check recently told Event industry News.
As a result, event-goers can be channelled to test facilities replete with PHE approved kits, outcomes of which are loaded onto the app.
“With Covid-19 the incubation period is two to five days. For the honeymoon phase after the test, it’s the shorter the better, which means you’re good to go to a show for 48 hours,” Krefting added of the upcoming trials. "It’s important to work alongside government when running these pilots and we’re grateful to the DCMS for giving us the go-ahead."
The plan is for the March shows in London and Bristol to be at 25 per cent capacity, two sets of tests with the same people, and to build up from there at venues across the country.
“You Check’s identity first solution has a lot of potential to help venues and promoters manage risk. It has a fast and thorough authentication process which enables health information to be stored against portable digital identity and Music Venue Trust is pleased to be working with You Check to explore how this technology might form part of a comprehensive process which enables us to reopen every venue safely and revive live music,” said Music Venue Trust CEO, Mark Davyd.