As a global society, we must accept that the COVID-19 emergency will be with us for months (if not years) to come.

While the pandemic is in full swing, proactive responses are paramount as communities attempt to contain the contagion through lockdowns, tests, vaccinations, and other countermeasures.

As the global community fights back against this ongoing pandemic, the most critical applications will be those that provide risk-mitigation assurances in three key capacities: wide-area mobility, shared-space occupancy, and healthcare supply chain logistics.

Wide-Area Mobility

Moving around in a post-pandemic world will depend on being able to rapidly  query people’s most recent COVID-19 testing results and  certify their immunization status whenever they embark or debark an airplane, ship, or other conveyance when traveling between countries or even regions of the same country.

In recent months, there have even been calls for nations to introduce digital “ vaccine passports” to facilitate this process. Just as people have grown used to having their persons and luggage scanned before boarding airplanes,  they may soon be required to use self-service apps to review new COVID-19 safety procedures, complete regular wellness checks, schedule inoculations, and report vaccination and quarantine status before being allowed to cross borders or mingle with crowds at their destinations.

Ensuring safe mobility also requires  contact tracing  applications in widespread use. Essentially, these apps alert people to the risk that they have been exposed to a person who is either ill, infected, or asymptomatically carrying the virus. If the app finds a match with another user who has tested positive, it notifies the user and may instruct them on your best next steps, such as testing, quarantining, and social distancing.

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