The government, however, realizes that a specific problem lies with these checkpoints: inevitable person-to-person contact between frontliners, which happens whenever security personnel need to verify the identity of our healthcare workers. This is a problem that the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) wishes to address using RapidPass, a new software that will be rolled out later today, April 3, 2020.
RapidPass makes use of unique and secure QR codes that will be given to our healthcare workers upon application. Personnel at checkpoints may then use QR code scanners for verification of said healthcare workers’ identities. This will ensure social distancing between our frontliners by eliminating the need for IDs and other corresponding documents.
Healthcare workers may apply through the RapidPass website, and once their applications are approved, they will each be given QR codes with corresponding control numbers. These generated QR codes can be printed out or displayed through a smartphone which can then be shown to the security personnel at checkpoints. For those who have neither a smartphone nor printer available, they may instead present their control number along with a valid ID.
The project is an initiative of the IATF in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The DOST tapped Developers Connect (DevCon)—a nationwide community of Filipino developers and IT professionals—to develop RapidPass. DevCon was then able to form DCTc, a global volunteer team comprised of over 500 Filipino developers. DCTc created RapidPass free of charge, and is releasing it as an open-source software so that anyone in the world will be able to utilize the technology.
As mentioned, the official launch of RapidPass is scheduled for later this afternoon, after which medical personnel may start filing their applications.
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