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The Cathedral of Santiago presents SU Digital Credential of the Pilgrim
By Spanish Federation of Friends of the Camino de Santiago | 02/06/2021
The Cathedral of Santiago presents the Digital Credential of the Pilgrim, an app that will allow pilgrims to carry on their mobile, or other electronic devices, their credential of the Camino de Santiago, with which to certify their pilgrimage and obtain the Compostela. The app does not replace the traditional credential, but complements it, with the aim of improving the pilgrimage experience in terms of avoiding interpersonal contacts and expediting the sealed ones. The app is available for Android and iOs devices, in different languages.
With this digital credential, the pilgrim will be able to incorporate in it the stamps that prove the passage through the different stages of the Camino, by scanning QR codes that will be visible in the different sealing points (parishes, hostels, etc). To do this, there is a website where the establishments issuing stamps can be registered by uploading their stamp to the website, which generates the QR code. This stamping is inserted in the digital credential for registration, keeping total similarity with the traditional paper system. On this website the different stamps of the places of passage will be incorporated.
In addition, the system will make it possible to know in advance the flow of walkers arriving at the Pilgrim's Office, which will help to prevent and improve care.
This initiative is part of the digital transformation process that has been developing in the pilgrim’s office for months. In this sense, a queue management system for obtaining the Compostela was implemented, so that concentrations of people and long waiting times are avoided. An online registration system was also launched, allowing the pilgrim to enter in advance the necessary data for obtaining the Compostela, avoiding paper handling.