Yoti will be working with the Scottish government to refine the country’s COVID-19 response. To that end, the company has revealed that it will be part of the government’s CivTech 5.0 accelerator, a 12-week program that identifies real-world problems and then tries to solve them with innovative technology solutions.
This year’s CivTech will focus primarily on COVID-19 recovery. Yoti will be entering the accelerator with the FRANKD COVID-19 test, and has been tasked with solving CivTech Challenge 9, which asks, “How can innovation help NHS Scotland support employers to ensure the health of their people?”
Developed by GeneMe, FRANKD is a portable COVID-19 testing system that generates accurate results in less than 30 minutes. It is available at a market price of roughly £20, making it far more affordable (and far more scalable) than many competing COVID-19 tests. It is also relatively easy to deploy, since samples can be collected on-site without a professional clinician, and those samples do not need to be sent to a separate lab.
The Yoti app is used to link test results to the proper individual, and to distribute those results in a discreet and efficient fashion. In that regard, people use Yoti to scan the QR code on their sample, and the result will be sent directly to their phone once the test is complete. People can then use Yoti to share their result without revealing any other personal information.
“FRANKD delivers an unrivalled combination of speed, ease and accuracy,” said Yoti CEO Robin Tombs. “Getting your ID and health test results on your phone has huge potential to support people’s health and the economy.”
Yoti partnered with GeneMe in the early days of the pandemic, and has since moved forward with several trials and commercial deployments. FRANKD is being used to screen the cast and crew of a stage play in London, and to test the pilots and cabin crew on Virgin Atlantic flights.
Challenge 9 is being sponsored by the Scottish Government Health and Social Care. Yoti has worked with the Scottish government in the past, and has provided digital credentials for Volunteer Edinburgh and New College Lanarkshire during the pandemic.