Crossword Cybersecurity PLC (LON:CCS) said it will be working with Verifiable Credentials Ltd (VCL) and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust on a proof of concept trial for coronavirus immunity certificates using VCL’s Identiproof middleware.
The AIM-listed firm said InnovateUK has awarded funding to support the trial to create a local system that allows NHS testing laboratories in East Kent to issue the immunity certificates to individuals to hold securely on their smartphones, and for selected organisations to check the validity of those certificates when presented without compromising any unnecessary personal information.
Crossword and VCL will also lead the work on the longer-term commercialisation of the system demonstrated during the trial.
“We think that this collaboration will not only prove the case for using Identiproof in the NHS and helping to normalise society, but also lay the foundations for VCL to become a successful commercial venture and a great showcase for UK Cyber Security start-ups coming out of Academia!”, Crossword’s chief product officer Jake Holloway said in a statement.
Crossword shares were up 5.3% at 279p in late-morning trading on Tuesday.