New app by GE tells travelers when airports were cleaned

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Worried about catching the coronavirus while traveling? Or just creeped out by uncertain cleanliness in public places?

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General Electric has a new app to help you with that.

The company’s Wellness Trace App, which gained the Albany International Airport as its first customer Thursday, launched in June to help airports and airlines track coronavirus screenings and cleanliness for travelers and employees.

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Each space has its own QR code, which travelers can scan with their smartphones to see when the last time a cleaning crew had come by.

GE said it aims to have the app available for widespread use to help consumers check up on current conditions with their fingertips, like Waze, TripAdvisor and Yelp.

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“Travelers get a voice and can become part of a community where their voice will be heard, and the experience is free for the public,” the company said.

The app is expected to undergo a three-month trial at the Albany airport before a brainstorming session on how to improve it or expand its scope. GE said it’s also working with other airports to expand the app’s footprint in the U.S. and abroad.

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GE’s aviation unit helped develop the app, which is secured by blockchain technology, according to the company. It arrives as the airline industry is struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic’s steep impacts on business and leisure travel, tourism and service industries.

Many airlines have suggested that they don’t expect the industry to recover until the world gets beyond the pandemic and a vaccine is widely available. Pfizer announced earlier this week that its COVID-19 vaccine candidate is 90% effective.

“The use of GE’s cutting-edge Wellness Trace App is a major first step in our joint efforts to integrate new digital solutions to create safer travel in a post-pandemic world,” Philip Calderone, CEO of the Albany County Airport Authority, said in a news release.

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