Apple and Google Join Hands to develop Contract Tracing Technology

Apple and Google joined hands to work on the contact tracing app and they are working on respective Coronavirus tracking websites. The two giants are working on Coronavirus contact tracing technology for users across the globe.
 

by Kavitha

Updated: Apr 13, 2020 10:42 IST

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Apple and Google

Apple and Google planned to launch their respective Coronavirus tracking websites. The two tech majors to join hands and produce a possible solution to curb the spread of COVID-19. Google and Apple have now collaborated to bring about Coronavirus contact tracing technology for users across the globe. Read on to know about it. Apple, Google collaborate for the COVID-19 contact tracing app. They will introduce Bluetooth-based contact tracing tech for the governments and health agencies, aiming to curb the spread of the virus. Contact tracing is the process of figuring out the people an infected person has been in contact with the general. 

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Both Android and iOS will be able to work together for the contact tracing tech. Once the APIs are out, both Android and iOS COVID-19 contact tracing apps will be available for users to download via the Google Play Store and the App Store respectively. The apps will use short-range Bluetooth and user data to develop the contact tracing network and help people figure out whether or not they have been in the proximity of Coronavirus-infected people. This data will be taken by apps from governments and users will have to get these apps to tell if they are COVID-19 positive or negative. Bluetooth-based contact tracing will track people with the apps in the Bluetooth range and save the information in the database. If a person gets infected, he or she will have to notify the app so that the app can tell others in the vicinity of the same in the previous days. 

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Aarogya Setu

The Indian government unveiled the Aarogya Setu Coronavirus tracking app that will tell people if they have been in contact with an infected person. The app uses both GPS and Bluetooth data for the same. The GPS-based contact tracing makes use of a user’s physical location, the Bluetooth one collects information of nearby devices in every 5 minutes and stores it. 

The second phase will involve the integration of the contact tracing tech in their respective OS. With this, users won’t be required to install a standalone app. Apple and Google haven’t forgotten the privacy and security of users and suggest that transparency and user consent will be of ‘utmost’ priority. Both Apple and Google aim to help people fight the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak and are still in the process of fully developing the tech. It can have its share of hits and misses but it can still prove beneficial.

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