How did the European Union Implement secure QR codes?

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The European Union (EU) was in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. The pandemic had taken an enormous toll on the country and its people, with more than 2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 alone and more than 100,000 deaths. There was confusion and controversy over standards to be adopted for issuing verifiable Vaccine Certificates with QR Codes.

It was a challenge to implement this solution because there were a variety of standards that could be adopted for the issuance of verifiable Vaccine Certificates with QR Codes. The European Union (EU) has been grappling with how to implement standards for issuing vaccine certificates with QR Codes.

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Solution

The EU DCC solution is deployed by governments and health authorities looking to secure the Covid vaccination certificates and make them easily verifiable. Doing so helped the individuals travel and get back to work safely for a more normal and sustainable level of economic activity while safeguarding public health.

EU-DCC standards were framed use as an interoperable covid certificate standard because:

  • It is an open standard, and specifications are openly published and available to all without any hindrances

  • The digitally signed QR code can be validated offline: which is essential for high volume verification at borders in air-gapped environments

  • it is PKI based, and each country has complete control over which public keys to accept

  • it is well thought out in terms of content, which enables each country to decide on its own business rules and policies(e.g., which Vaccine is considered effective after how many days)

  • it supports not only vaccination certificates but also recovery and Covid-19 test certificates

  • it generates a compact QR code (unlike many other such initiatives which have not at all taken into account how to make a compact QR code)

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Qryptal Digital Vaccine Certificate Solution

With the Qryptal Vaccination Certificate Solution, it is now possible for each individual to present verifiable vaccination certificates, wherever they are in the world, with the simple display of their EU-DCC QR Code. This is far more convenient than contacting an office or clinic, which may even be reachable.

Qryptal’s solution underwent rigorous testing by independent experts who concluded that it was easier to use and more reliable than other systems being considered at the time. The solution is also highly secure, using ECDSA digital signing, which means that even if your certificate is stolen, it can’t be used or altered.

Qryptals Vaccination Certificate Solutions are deployed by governments and health authorities looking to secure the Covid vaccination certificates and make them easily verifiable. Doing so helped the individuals travel and get back to work safely for a more normal and sustainable level of economic activity while safeguarding public health.

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Result

The success of the EU Digital COVID Certificate system in figures:

  • EU Member States have issued more than 591 million EU Digital COVID Certificates

  • 43 countries are already connected to the EU system: 27 EU Member States, 3 European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Switzerland, and 12 other countries and territories. The Commission was approached by 60 third countries interested in joining the EU. Beyond the ones already connected, technical discussions are ongoing with 28 of these countries.

  • The air transport sector greatly benefited from the EU Digital COVID Certificate, which became operational just in time for the summer peak travel. The Association of Airports Council International (ACI Europe) reported that in July 2021, the total passenger volume more than doubled compared to July 2020. ACI Europe attributes these changes to the rollout of the EU Digital COVID Certificate and the easing of travel restrictions.

  • According to an EU Parliament’s Eurobarometer survey, about two-thirds (65%) of respondents agreed that the EU Digital COVID Certificate is the safest means for free travel in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 20 EU Member States also use the EU Digital COVID Certificate for domestic purposes, such as access to large events and restaurants, cinemas, and museums, with a different national legal basis.

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