Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the You Check app was developed as a ticketing and ID verification solution. The company pivoted in 2020 to offer “digital health passport” services set to trial in March at 100 Club in London and Exchange in Bristol.
The platform, already secure, is now integrated with track and trace software that will allow venue staff to quickly access an entrant’s personal information, ticket, and test result. The original benefit to organizers still remains as it provides a direct communication channel to the end consumer that helps cut out secondary ticketing.
“We’re working, not exclusively, with Innova in terms of testing – technology that looks for a viral load high enough to be contagious with 97% plus accuracy,” You Check Founder and COO Fred Krefting told Event industry News.
“With COVID-19 the incubation period is two to five days. For the honeymoon phase after the test, it’s the shorter the better, which means you’re good to go to a show for 48 hours,” he went on. “It’s important to work alongside government when running these pilots and we’re grateful to the DCMS for giving us the go-ahead.”
“You Check’s identity first solution has a lot of potential to help venues and promoters manage risk,” added Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd, with whom You Check worked with to organize the trials. “It has a fast and thorough authentication process which enables health information to be stored against portable digital identity and Music Venue Trust is pleased to be working with You Check to explore how this technology might form part of a comprehensive process which enables us to reopen every venue safely and revive live.”
The March events at 100 Club and Exchange will run at 25% capacity, according to a press release. Two set of tests will be conducted with the same group of people with the intention of rolling out the service out to venues across the U.K. afterwards.