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22 December 2020
by Eero Pärgmäe
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ION now an official member of the Estonian Aviation Cluster

Founded in 2020, ION Access and Health GmbH is an alliance between international health and technology companies – Nortal from Estonia, Ottonova from Germany and Daman (inHealth) from UAE with the aim of making it easier for people to connect across places and events all over the world. SimplyGo for travelling is ION’s first solution to assure seamless navigation in uncertain times in all parts of the world.

The backbone of SimplyGo is a platform that enables international information exchange. Secure, standardized and multi-language compatible, it allows all relevant parties to be integrated to deliver and connect most recent information in order to allow users to meet their individual entry regulations. During the global outbreak of COVID-19 that paralyzed travel and tourism, this means that the COVID test results move to an application where officials, be it travel industry or immigration, can verify them directly from laboratories with the passenger’s consent, making international travel safe and smooth again.

“ION joined the Estonian Aviation Cluster to support the aviation sector as a strategic partner with expertise in the healthcare and digitalization domains in helping them solve current and future problems the travel industry faces,“ says Taavi Einaste, partner at ION and Nortal. „The global pandemic has changed travel in ways we couldn’t even imagine in the beginning of 2020. Health information has become and will remain an imperative part of enabling travel. ION feels privileged to help push-start global travel again. As an alliance of international health and technology companies, we bring together state-of-the art technology, a high sense of upcoming trends and challenges and a strong network of global partners to enable people to visit places they want as effortlessly as possible.”

Head of the Estonian Aviation Cluster Kristo Reinsalu welcomed joining of ION Access and Health in which leading software developer Nortal, which has been voted Estonian company of the year 2020, owns one third. “We have been trying to convince ICT companies about unlimited business opportunities in aviation already since 2019. Therefore joining of ION Access and Health has a very strong symbolic meaning. I believe that this move will encourage others to follow,” admitted Reinsalu.

Before the crisis, one of our goals was to create an innovation hub for next generation of software solutions for the aerospace industry in Tallinn, align with Estonian Aviation Cluster members and initiatives, and build an ecosystem of partners. Reinsalu believes that inviting more ICT companies to join Cluster will get them closer to the dream. “Moreover, we have here a pretty unique opportunity to bring back normality to international transport,” he concluded.

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