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    CLEAR Is Poised To Lead The Multibillion-Dollar Biometric Screening Race For The Coronavirus

    June 17, 2020

    Key Points:


    - CLEAR is best known for speeding travelers through TSA checkpoints, but now it has set its sights on what could be an even bigger business: getting people back to work amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

    - Called Health Pass, the product links biometric information, such as a fingerprint, to health questionnaires based on CDC guidance.

    - Health Pass can help employers figure out who can work and who must stay at home.

    - Health-screening tools like CLEAR’s could be part of a multibillion-dollar industry.

    - The 10-year-old biometric security company made CNBC’s 2020 Disruptor 50 list, revealed Tuesday.


    A company that originally got its start speeding travelers through growing airport lines in the post-9/11 era now sees a major opportunity as the country exits lockdown from the Covid-19 pandemic.

    CLEAR, a private New York company that specializes in biometric security, released a product called Health Pass this year that links Covid-19 health information to biometric identifiers such as your face, eyes and fingerprints. It will allow users who feel fine to pass quickly through checkpoints that screen for sick and infectious people.

    “Just like screening was forever changed post-9/11, in a post-Covid environment you’re going to see screening and public safety significantly shift,” CLEAR chairman and CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker said on CNBC. “But this time it’s beyond airports — it’s sports stadiums, it’s retail, it’s office buildings, it’s restaurants.”

    As states reopen and companies start to bring employees back to the office, many are searching for tools to monitor the health and safety of their employees and customers. The Covid-19 coronavirus is so contagious that companies want to prevent major outbreaks before they force them to shut down entire offices or floors.

    Consequently, health screening could become an everyday task for many Americans. The CDC says that temperature screening is an optional strategy that employers can use, but that any business with workers who are at high risk or are over 65 years old should consider conducting daily temperature and symptom screening of all employees. Thermal scanners, which can be used to screen people for fevers, is expected to be a $5.9 billion industry this year, and apps and other software that help companies reopen safely could be a $4.3 billion market, according to IDC estimates.

    Companies like CLEAR — which made CNBC’s 2020 Disruptor 50 list — see a major business opportunity. Since it launched in 2010, CLEAR has grown to about 5 million customers and has raised about $387 million in venture capital from such investors as United Airlines and Revolution Growth, according to PitchBook.

    Health Pass isn’t widely deployed yet, but the company’s existing relationships with airports, sports stadiums and the government could give it a boost among a sea of options.

    “Health Pass has launched, and we are in conversations with different partners across industries, including with restaurateur Danny Meyer, the New York Mets, RXR and the Las Vegas’ Covid-19 recovery task force,” said Maria Comella, CLEAR’s head of public affairs.

    “From the hospitality perspective, the industry was hit really hard from the complete eradication of demand. As things come back online, hotels, airlines, restaurants, they are all very focused on making customers feel comfortable,” said Dorothy Creamer, senior research analyst for hospitality and travel digital transformation strategies at IDC. She added that she has seen an increase in demand for health-screening technology from airports, hotels and arenas.


    How Health Pass works

    CLEAR links biometric data, such as a fingerprint or iris scan, to certified documents. For example, users with a CLEAR account can link their boarding pass and government ID to their account. So instead of having a TSA agent check your documents first, travelers with the CLEAR app can breeze directly to the security checkpoint by scanning their face at an airport.

    With Health Pass, CLEAR wants to connect biometric data to information that could determine risk for Covid-19, including test results. The idea is to automate a daily health-screening task to make it easier, quicker and “contactless,” so employees and guests don’t need to touch potentially risky digital menus to gain entry to their workplace.

    “People are accustomed to moving through an airport security check, and that’s the sentiment that many hospitality companies are saying, is that health screening would need to be the sort of thing that people get used to,” Creamer said.

    When arriving at a location with Health Pass screening, users take a photo of their face to verify their identity, then answer a series of questions based on CDC guidelines about how they are feeling. They can then share those answers through a QR code, which a security guard can scan.

    Healthy workers can be allowed to pass, while contagious workers would be told they need to go home. The security guard doesn’t see any personal data — just a thumbs-up or thumbs-down.

    Seidman-Becker said in May that the company will retrofit its kiosks at airports, which help passengers speed through TSA lines, to take passenger temperatures as well. Instead of a QR code, the kiosks can scan a user’s face to pull up their Health Pass.

    CLEAR isn’t performing Covid-19 testing, but it is working on adding a way to input Covid-19 test results to the app in the future. “It’s also about linking. Just like we built those links to tickets, it’s about linking to lab companies and test data, and this will continue to evolve,” Seidman-Becker said.

    Several other technology companies are vying to link identity to health screening in the post-pandemic era. NEC, a Japanese company that makes facial recognition tools for airports and airlines, announced last month that it can authenticate the identity of people wearing face masks using facial recognition, which could speed entry and increase safety at health-oriented checkpoints at offices or other buildings.

    Cali Group, which invests in technology companies focused on the hospitality industry, has announced its own entry screening technology, including face scanning, that can detect if a person has a fever.


    The privacy question

    One challenge for CLEAR will be building trust with new users who could recoil at linking biometric data with sensitive health data.


    Continue, and for links:

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/17/clea...ronavirus.html
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    And once the virus is gone by itself? all this would be wasted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryCanadian View Post
    And once the virus is gone by itself? all this would be wasted?
    Wasted? "Never let a "crisis" go to waste".


    - CLEAR is best known for speeding travelers through TSA checkpoints, but now it has set its sights on what could be an even bigger business: getting people back to work amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

    - Called Health Pass, the product links biometric information, such as a fingerprint, to health questionnaires based on CDC guidance.

    - Health Pass can help employers figure out who can work and who must stay at home.

    - Health-screening tools like CLEAR’s could be part of a multibillion-dollar industry.
    “The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.”

    Read the RPF trolls' playbook here (post #3)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryCanadian View Post
    And once the virus is gone by itself? all this would be wasted?
    It is being resuscitated. It will be a new improved,better Cold. Huge even.
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    “The right to life is the source of all rights—and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.”

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