New York has rolled out a so-called COVID-19 passport based on IBM Corp.’s blockchain-based digital health pass technology.
The app, called “Excelsior Pass,” is the first of its kind to go live in the U.S. It will allow people to use a QR code to prove their COVID-19 vaccination status. In a growing trend, some venues are now requesting proof of vaccination for entry, and in New York state, those who have been vaccinated can hold larger gatherings such as weddings.
“The biggest challenge for supercomputing is the demand to compress time,” says Jerry Cuomo, vice president of Blockchain for Business at IBM. “Business processes must now be completed at a significantly faster pace than before. The result is that the demand for computing power is increasing exponentially.”
The peer-to-peer nature of the blockchain and distributed ledgers will also help move computation closer to where the data is being generated, and avoid bottleneck round-trips to cloud servers.