COVID-19 technology developed by SC’s Vigilent Labs gets 1st test in Calif. desert

Written by David Wren, originally published by The Post & Courier on April 15, 2021

A grueling series of off-road races in the Mojave Desert is the first event to use technology developed by North Charleston-based Vigilent Labs to conduct and track rapid testing for the coronavirus.

The nine-day King of the Hammers event that took place earlier this month required all participants and attendees to be screened by Vigilent’s instant-view test. Participants were then sent a v.PASS, a personal digital health credential that is the size of a business card, via email or text. The v.PASS included digital QR codes unique to each individual, allowing participants to upload their test results to a web portal. Race organizers could then use that information to ensure participants were virus-free.

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