Sidehide, Onfido team up for immunity passports

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Travelers will be able to prove their immunity status in seconds using a QR code and verify their identity and booking directly from the Sidehide mobile app in order to bypass check-in and reduce contact touchpoints. Photo credit: Shutterstock/GaudiLab

Mobile hotel booking app Sidehide and Onfido, a global identity verification and authentication company, are developing immunity passport integration for Sidehide’s hotel booking platform to quickly and safely verify immunity status. The combined technology will allow Sidehide users to quickly and easily verify their identity and immunity status with hotels or authorities without compromising their security or privacy. 

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Sidehide is a next-generation booking platform that launched in Berlin in early 2020. Onfido delivers fast, frictionless and secure onboarding and verification of Sidehide users. With a smartphone and a government-issued ID, users are able to make a booking, verify their identity and immunity status, and go straight to their hotel room, bypassing the check-in desk.

Th product will integrate immunity passports with Sidehide’s booking platform to quickly and safely verify returning guests. Travelers will be able to prove their immunity status in seconds using a QR code and verify their identity and booking directly from the Sidehide mobile app in order to bypass check-in and reduce contact touchpoints. 

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“Getting the economy moving again is critical, which is why we’re working hand-in-hand with governments and authorities around the world to co-develop an immunity passport that can prove your immunity status without compromising on security or privacy,” said Husayn Kassai, CEO and co-founder of Onfido. “Our mission is to create a world where identity is the key to access and by working with Sidehide, we can now empower guests to use their smartphones as their identity verifier and immunity passport, reassuring both guests and hotels they are risk-free, instead of putting the burden on hotel staff.”