“Health Pass uses facial recognition to match someone to the image on an identity document during registration.”
The GSMA is teaming up with CLEAR to streamline the health screening process at MWC Los Angeles. The organization had previously announced that all attendees would be required to show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result, and has now revealed that the CLEAR Health Pass app will be an officially approved sharing method during the event.
The health checks are part of a broader Committed Community health plan that also includes mask mandates and temperature scans at all points of entry. MWC Los Angeles is set to run form October 26-28, and will be taking place in person after last year’s event was canceled in response to the pandemic.
CLEAR Health Pass, meanwhile, is a free app that allows people to link their health records to a secure digital identity. MWC guests that download the app will be asked to fill in a Health Survey before entering the venue, and to present the Health Pass screen to security when they arrive. Security will not have access to anyone’s private health information, and will instead see only a red or green notification that indicates whether or not that individual has met the necessary requirements, and is cleared for entry.
Guests will still be expected to take a selfie to ensure that the app reflects their own information. Health Pass uses facial recognition to match someone to the image on an identity document during registration. That, in turn, will speed up the screening process at the actual convention center.
“We have always taken safety at MWC Los Angeles very seriously,” said GSMA CEO John Hoffman. “This year especially that has meant working with partners and experts to help build confidence in a return to in-person events.”
MWC Los Angeles will be the third major GSMA event to return in 2021. MWC Shanghai took place in February, while the flagship Barcelona event went off in June. Health Pass, meanwhile, is already being used for screening at Las Vegas convention centers, and at sporting events all over the United States.