Podcast: Are Kiosks And Readers Keys To Making Vaccine Passports Viable?
September 8, 2021 by Dave Haynes
Super-super busy right now and I kinda mostly forgot to get a new podcast episode together for this shortened Labor Day week, but there is a lot of talk out there right now about vaccine passports, so I am re-upping the most current episode, which is all about that.
There’s been a lot of talk about vaccine passports as the numbers of fully vaccinated people have risen in many to most first world countries, and venues from restaurants to giant sports stadiums have started talking about requiring proof of being jabbed as a requirement of admission.
But how is that done efficiently and securely? And how are fraudulent papers identified and rejected?
One of the ways to process people quickly and accurately is using readers and scanners, handheld or as self-service kiosks. The idea is that you’d have a government-issued vaccine passport that has validated vaccine records, plus some sort of image database that confirms you are who you say you are. You walk up to a scanner, it does its thing, and you’re in … or you’re rejected.
The hardware side of this, for kiosk and touchscreen manufacturers, is probably not all that complicated. But the back-end software and database side is hugely complicated.
I had a great discussion with Tony Anscombe, the Chief Security Evangelist for the tech firm ESET. We get into the opportunities and challenges facing any AV/IT company looking at these passport kiosks as an emerging business.