ALBANY – New York State is launching a new app to help verify a person’s recent COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office on Friday launched the state’s new Excelsior Pass a free, voluntary platform, developed in partnership with IBM.
Officials say this will help “fast-track the reopening of businesses and entertainment venues statewide.”
As part of the initial launch, the governor’s office says the Excelsior Pass can be used at theaters, major stadiums, arenas, wedding receptions, catered events, and more.
According to state officials, this tech is “similar to a mobile airline boarding pass.” Individuals will be able to either print out their pass or store it on their smartphones using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app.
Each Pass will have a “secure” QR code, which participating businesses and venues can scan using a companion app to verify proof of COVID-19 negative test results or proof of vaccination.
Officials say “an individual’s data is kept secure and confidential at all times.”
According to the governor’s office, New York is the first state in the nation to formally launch this kind of technology. Prior to its launch, two successful pilot demonstrations were held in recent weeks, along with a beta test where thousands of New Yorkers participated in a limited roll out of the technology to provide feedback on user interface and results.