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App to help businesses manage vax passports

CONCERN over the validity of new vaccine certificates could be allayed with the launch of a Gisborne-based web app.

Passloads, which launched last week, is a product of Jobloads — a Tairawhiti-based start-up that matches workers with workplaces.

The new app takes the stress off operators and their people, says Jobloads chief executive Candice Pardy.

The Government's new Covid-19 verifier app was released last week ready for the pandemic “protection framework” which starts on December 3.

“After spending over a decade of my career as a retail merchant, I was having some concerning discussions with other merchants worried about how they would stay open and not knowing the expectations on them and their teams under the traffic light system,” Ms Pardy said.

She realised there were some shortcomings in the government app, which was built with basic coding.

She saw an opportunity to make it better and more merchant-friendly. The Passloads app can be used instead of the government's verifier app.

“So with the government's verifier app you basically need someone to be holding it and going and checking it manually,” she said.

But with Passload the idea was around eliminating manual check-ins. The customer scans their code at a kiosk, stationed outside the shop. Businesses using the app will get information of the customer check-in in real time, and be notified whether the vaccine pass is valid or not.

“So that's great for hospitality and retail and those types of businesses, particularly small businesses, as well,” she said.

The other area the company was focused on was pre-verification — a “big need” for events.

Organisers who run big events would need to pre-verify the vaccine passes for ticket holders, Ms Pardy said. With the government app they would have to hire or have additional staff to do all the scanning.

Some organisers were really worried about having long queues at these events and that people waiting in line would get frustrated.

“With our app the organisers would just have to give a link to everyone attending the event. On opening the link the web app will pop open the camera and people sitting at home can then scan their vaccine passports,” she said.

Once the QR code is scanned, the event organisers receive the information about whether the customer is vaccinated.

“Trading through Covid-19 has been challenging for businesses so monitoring the official NZ verifier app is not realistic for many merchants,” Ms Pardy said.

“Having the ability to operate with confidence and minimise stress on their teams will be key.”

The first 30 scans are free, but after that a monthly subscription is $30.

Passloads is ready for operators to run pilot testing at www.passloads.co.nz

SERVICE APP: Feedback from businesses and events organisers about managing the vaccine passport requirements prompted Jobloads CEO Candice Pardy to look at designing a new app to help. Trust Tairawhiti support co-ordinator Owen Parker (right) was on hand to help test the app. Picture by Paul Rickard