ICONLOOP, the top blockchain company in South Korea, has revealed that its most popular tourist destination, Jeju Island, will utilize what is called a Decentralized Identity blockchain tech to provide “private, secure COVID-19 contact tracing to the island’s 15 million annual visitors.”
According to a press release, the two have signed a “cooperation agreement” to run this system. Essentially, visitors will be able to check into spaces via a mobile application, and private information will be kept that way unless they’re discovered to have COVID-19.
Speaking on the matter is Jong-hyup, Kim, the CEO of ICONLOOP, who said:
“This cooperation with Jeju Island is opening new possibilities for real-life application of blockchain DID authentication in the post-COVID-19 era. As more users directly experience safe and convenient DID service at scale, we will realize many more new ways that blockchain technology can be applied to their daily lives.”
Also sharing some thoughts was Tae-bong Lim, the Director of Health and Welfare at the Welfare of Jeju Self-Governing Province:
“Through this new infectious disease prevention system, Jeju Island will be able to be reborn as a safe and representative tourist destination in Korea. We look forward to revitalizing the local economy, which has been stagnant due to the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.”