SafePass, digital contact tracing app, now accessible to all

“SafePass para sa lahat.”

This is now the battle cry of the developers of the contact tracing tool SafePass, a digital COVID-19 incident mitigation and management solution developed to make safety protocols easy and stress-free.

(Photo courtesy of Talino Venture Labs via Hanah Tabios / MANILA BULLETIN)

On Friday, digital transformation leader Amihan Global Strategies and inclusion tech venture builder Talino Venture Labs announced the relaunch of two versions of the tech innovation which is now accessible to all Filipino establishments, big or small.

These are SafePass Base, which is free for all types of organizations for basic contact-tracing and digital health questionnaires; and SafePass Express, which comes with employee management features, and is free for government agencies and for establishments accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Tech giant Talino Venture Labs said the development is a response to the rising threat of COVID-19 infections in the country primarily in offices, public spaces, establishments, and even in some residential communities where coronavirus transmissions have been recorded. 

The tech innovation also hopes to arm more Filipinos with an easy and convenient tool to easily limit and track foot traffic, and produce digital contact-tracing reports in case of a COVID-19 incident. 

“Our battle cry is ‘SafePass Para Sa Lahat’, so we made sure that SafePass can be used by as many individuals and organizations as possible, anywhere in the Philippines,” Winston Damarillo, executive chairman of Amihan Global Strategies and chief executive officer of Talino Venture Labs said. 

“Organizations already have a lot on their plate as they continue to weather the effects of the pandemic, so we aim to help them with health and safety protocols so that they can focus on their operations,” he added. 

As the country continues to grapple with the health crisis, public safety is the number one priority of every physical establishment. This means keeping track of foot traffic data hour-by-hour and day-by-day, on top of storing and organizing health forms, contact details, and more. For some organizations, this also means keeping piles of logbooks and poring through hours of CCTV footage in case of the need to contact-trace.

SafePass digitizes and simplifies all these processes through its digital platform, which includes several features, such as an efficient digital contact-tracing solution, digital health questionnaires, monitoring of entry and exit points, and a 24-7 customer and tech support for users. 

SafePass Base is offered for free and is best for micro-enterprises with single locations, market stalls, and even non-profits, small churches, and households, while SafePass Express offers an additional capacity planning tool to set how many individuals can be in a location at any given time, as well as an employee management system. 

Government agencies and DOT-accredited establishments will get free access to SafePass Express.

During its soft launch in June, among the government agencies that have been using the digital solutions are DOT and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

But organizations with more comprehensive needs can also avail themselves of SafePass’s paid plans, which offer more features. These include SafePass Business which allows organizations to notify all potentially exposed individuals with one digitized process, as well as accept advanced bookings from their visitors.

While SafePass Enterprise enables large companies to customize the system to fit their needs and implement SafePass across their multiple locations. 
No data plan required

Unlike other contact-tracing apps, the relaunched SafePass version can be used now even with non-smartphones, or by using free Messenger that does not require a data plan. 

Damarillo said Contact-tracing can be done via SMS or through a Messenger-based chatbot, while administrative features can be accessed through any Internet browser.

“We believe that health and safety protocols do not have to be complicated, so we built a simple, easy-to-use platform for organizations to implement these protocols without hassle,” he said. 

“The virus works fast and is invisible, and we have to work faster, smarter, and together to be able to stop it from spreading even further,” he pointed out. 

Interested establishments as well as private individuals may register via to access these free plans. 

“Setting up SafePass should be as easy as setting up an email address or registering for a food delivery app,” he added.