South Korea’s tourist hotspot launches DLT-based app tracing COVID-19

South Korea’s tourist hotspot launches DLT-based app tracing COVID-19


 Jeju Island, a major tourist destination in South Korea, is introducing a government-backed, system for tracking COVID-19 contacts based on blockchain technology.

On Jan. 14, the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province and blockchain technology firm Iconloop announced that the blockchain-based contact tracing system is now fully operational.

Called “Jeju Safety Code,” the project was initiated in August 2020 to enable COVID-19 contact tracing for Jeju Island’s 15 million annual visitors. The project has been developed jointly by Iconloop and Jeju Island through a public-private partnership agreement. Since August, the local government and Iconloop have been implementing the system at public institutions on the island as well as a number of businesses like restaurants in the Jeju Provincial Office area.

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Following successful pilots, Jeju Safety Code was featured as part of wider social programs like the “Safety Net Strengthening” and the “Jeju-type New Deal Comprehensive Plan” in October. At least 5,000 businesses on Jeju Island have applied to register for the

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