Valenzuela City to use ValTrace QR codes for contact tracing

ValTrace QR codes - Valenzuela City

The local government in the Philippines municipality is using the barcodes to boost COVID-19 response. The local government of Valenzuela City in the Philippines has decided to use the ValTrace QR codes app to help boost its COVID-19 response’s contact tracing. The free app can be used by residents and non-residents in order to help keep on top of the spread. Both residents and non-residents of the Valenzuela City will be required to use the app in order to gain access to public spaces. They will be required to show…

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Virtual events are presenting long-term advantages for savvy brands

Virtual Events - Virtual Live Chat

Festivals, concerts and celebrations have gone online but they can last far longer than a live stream. At the start of the pandemic lockdowns, virtual events were nothing more than livestreams. However, they have evolved since then, and brands are discovering that these short-term experiences can offer long-term value for companies and audiences alike. Virtual events are providing brands with the opportunity to build content and relationships. Organizers are gaining knowledge about keeping people engaged but have found that livestreaming doesn’t complete virtual events. They require more than that to…

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Concern rises that seniors won’t scan bus COVID-19 Tracer app QR codes

COVID-19 Tracer app - passenger on bus

Auckland Transport’s contact tracing strategy may not work well for elderly riders. Starting Friday, all public transportation users in Auckland, New Zealand, will be required to use the COVID-19 Tracer app QR codes displayed. However, many people are concerned that seniors won’t be able to use this technology. Many elderly transit users do not have the smartphones needed to scan the QR codes. That said, the New Zealand government has stated that there are other ways for people to be able to ensure they are contacted if it is believed…

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Cigar QR codes inform consumers about their product purchases

Cigar QR codes - cigars

The quick response codes are printed on all Serie V Melanio line products to reveal their histories. Olivia Cigars has announced that it is adding the first cigar QR codes to its products in the Serie V Melanio line. The goal is to help show consumers the origins of the product and the fascinating process through which it is made. The barcodes are meant to provide more depth to the experience available to shoppers. These cigar QR codes will be unique on each of the Serie V Melanio products. They…

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Clearview AI signs new contract to provide ICE facial recognition

ICE facial recognition - Face Identity

The contract arrives after months of privacy practices scrutiny against the company. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has signed a new contract with Clearview AI to provide the government agency with ICE facial recognition technology. The contracting records were first spotted by the Tech Inquiry accountability nonprofit. The purchase order for the ICE facial recognition technology from Clearview AI was labeled as a “mission support” government contract for $224,000. It lists the contracting office as “ICE mission support dallas” and the purchase as “clearview licenses”. This is not the first…

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