App created for day two Covid lateral flow tests ahead of rule change

A mobile app has been designed to process and certify results for both pre-departure and day two lateral flow tests.

The latter a requirement for vaccinated international arrivals in the UK from October 24 instead of costlier PCRs.

The app, which applies ID verification technology, has been created by diagnostics company Randox.

The lateral flow tests, which are ordered from Randox and cost from £20, are then used in combination with the app to capture the individual’s ID and securely upload the test result.

The identity of users will be validated by scanning passports into the system, with future versions of the app featuring facial recognition software to further increase security.

The app is solely for use with Randox Certifly lateral flow tests, with results available in 15 minutes.

Test results are processed using CertiFly’s AI software, before being confirmed manually by a healthcare professional.

As applicable, a day two or fit-to-fly certificate will then be issued to the user and stored in the app for access.

Each CertiFly lateral flow testing kit has a unique single-use QR code that can be registered with the app.

Testing kits, which can be purchased from the Randox Health website, include swab, extraction buffer tube, waste bag, tube holder, package insert and test cassette. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.

Business development vice president Alex Rusak said: “The features of the app maximise security and allow the efficient flow of accurate and secure information to provide customers with a verified results certificate, without the need for time-consuming and costly video consultations.

“With the ability to process more than 100,000 certificates in 24 hours, the Randox CertiFly app rapidly provides validated test results, with the ultimate goal of making sure that travel is accessible, affordable, and importantly, safe.”

CertiFly head of global partnerships Fintan O’Rourke added: “We are encouraged to see testing policy adapt to make international travelling easier and we believe that it’s crucial for technology to adapt alongside this to keep the country as safe as possible.

“Technology plays a vital role in ensuring the integrity of Covid-19 testing and that’s why CertiFly has developed an app with Randox to reduce the risks associated with fraudulent testing.

“We have built in the same verification technology that banks use to eliminate identity fraud and a two-step validation process for test results, with AI analysis followed by verification from a healthcare professional. As restrictions evolve, is it important to maintain rigorous testing standards in support of the UK’s fight against Covid-19.”

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