Blockchain ticketing platform TIXnGO unveils health certificate mobile delivery solution, as the NFL’s Jaguars launches a ‘Back to Football Flex Plan’…

TIXnGO

Ticketing platform TIXnGo has announced using its system to launch Health n Go, a secure health certificate mobile delivery solution to support businesses once COVID-19 restrictions are eased.

The firm’s blockchain-based technology has been repurposed to create Health n Go and be able to securely distribute health certificates at scale and in line with government and corporate needs, if this route is chosen to ease lockdowns.

Health n Go is designed to deliver digital health certificates from a trusted authority such as a doctor or health organisation. Each time a health certificate is issued in the platform, a unique, encrypted and completely traceable identity is attached to it.

Individuals will keep their health certificates on a specific wallet on their smartphone, which can be shown on request and the QR code read by a scanner.

TIXnGO’s platform has recently used blockchain to securely distribute tickets for major sporting events run by both global and European sports organisations, including football tickets on behalf of UEFA.

Frédéric Longatte, chief executive of TIXnGO and Health n Go, said: “In the light of the coronavirus crisis, we can see a potential role for the secure delivery of personal digital assets such as a health certificate.

“It isn’t for us to define the precise use of this technology, that is a decision to be taken by governments. But as new scientific evidence comes to light and response strategies evolve, we are ready to work with governments and corporations to apply this technology, when they deem the time is right. It’s been proven to work in ticketing and the same principles can apply to the area of health certificates.”

Several pilots of Health n Go are beginning with Swiss international companies and civil and military organisations. The company is in discussions about running further pilots with other interested parties.

Ticketly and Tixel

Swedish ticketing firm Ticketly has launched a live events discovery platform.

Ticketly LIVE, which was launched last month, lists around 2,500 events from around the world.

Its events include a live stream from Bredan Benson and Melissa Ethergise’s Concerts from Home series.

Elsewhere, Australia and New Zealand fan exchange Tixel has partnered with Eventbrite to launch a donation and voucher tool to help event organisers minimise the impact of Covid-19.

The tool, which is free for fans and Eventbrite organisers, gives ticket holders the option to donate their ticket or swap it for a voucher instead of a refund.

Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL American football franchise the Jacksonville Jaguars has launched a ‘Back to Football Flex Plan,’ which provides fans with options during uncertain times due to COVID-19.

The plan includes pushing back season ticket payments for existing customers to June 5, and does not require payments for season ticket purchases until June 20.

The team is also offering two-year plans that allow fans to defer a portion of this year’s cost to next year, and offering full refunds on existing packages prior to the start of the season.

Jaguars are also allowing existing members who are facing a COVID-19-related hardship to take a year off without losing their seats or status in the future.

Jaguars president Mark Lamping said in a statement: “Our ticket sales and service team members, along with others in the organisation, have spent the last few weeks checking in with all of our season ticket members.

“The most common emotion we’ve sensed is one of cautious optimism. Everyone is eager to get back to football and their own game day traditions, but we understand that the unknown has made it difficult for many of our season ticket members to commit. We hope these new options give our fans both flexibility and peace of mind that the Jaguars family is here for them now and always.”

The Jaguars will now play all eight home games in Jacksonville this year after the NFL cancelled all international play due to COVID-19.

The Jaguars had been due to become the first NFL team to play multiple ‘home’ games outside the US in the same regular season, having been pencilled in to host two fixtures at London’s Wembley Stadium. The Jaguars have taken one ‘home’ game to London every year since 2013 as part of a long-term arrangement.

The NFL had been scheduled to play one game at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico and two each at Wembley and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during the 2020 season.

The NFL is set to announce the schedule for this upcoming season later this week, with the 2020 campaign still planned to go ahead in September.