Coronavirus tracking technology provided by Apple and Google coming to your phone soon

The announcement made by Apple and Google last Friday of the creation of a technical platform using Bluetooth wireless technology and the establishment of a partnership to allow digital tracking of individuals who have been close to infected people by the coronavirus (Covid-19) should be done by mid-May.

 

In other words, the two groups have developed (thanks to Swiss engineering from which Silicon Valley was strongly inspired), a common application allowing to identify and warn the contacts of people contaminated by the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Apple and Google announce Bluetooth coronavirus case tracking system

Smartphone users with Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems will be able to download an application in less than a month from the online stores of the two companies Cupertino and Mountain View. There are currently three billion smartphones worldwide that can use this technology. The App will allow an anonymous signal to be exchanged every fifteen minutes with any other smartphone equipped with the same application and located nearby.

If one of the users is found positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19), he can notify him in the application. The system, not yet completed on a technical level, guarantees the total anonymity of people. The location data will also not be known. Only the proximity of two individuals will be recorded.

The application regularly tracks the movements of the contaminated person and warns anyone who comes into contact with him, without indicating the identity of the patient. At that time, the signals emitted by his smartphone are sent to a server and stored for fourteen days. This allows informed contacts to isolate themselves and be vigilant.

For the purpose of an upcoming deconfinement, many countries are developing similar systems, while others have expressed interest in such technological measures, claiming however that they can only be done on a voluntary basis.

This joint solution from Apple and Google, still in development and under discussion with the authorities, could be used in addition to the method of questioning the patient. Indeed, during an individual interview, this will identify the people with whom he would have come into contact. The new application will make it possible to contact people the patient has not thought of.

This system will be proposed to governments and health agencies to allow the monitoring of contamination on the basis of volunteer candidates. Ultimately, Apple and Google want to implement tracking functionality in their respective systems, iOS and Android, which users can activate if they wish.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) welcomes the approach, but also warns:

“Such methods of contact tracking are likely to exclude many vulnerable members of our society whose access to technology is limited and who are already disproportionately affected by the pandemic. “

For the purpose of an upcoming deconfinement, many countries are developing similar systems, while others have expressed interest in such technological measures, claiming however that they can only be done on a voluntary basis.

This joint solution from Apple and Google, still in development and under discussion with the authorities, could be used in addition to the method of questioning the patient. Indeed, during an individual interview, this will identify the people with whom he would have come into contact. The new application will make it possible to contact people the patient has not thought of.

An app from Samsung and Apple that alerts you if you are approaching someone with a coronavirus!

This system will be proposed to governments and health agencies to allow the monitoring of contamination based on volunteer candidates. Ultimately, Apple and Google want to implement tracking functionality in their respective systems, iOS, and Android, which users can activate if they wish.

The American civil rights organization ACLU welcomes the approach but also warns: “Such methods of contact tracking are likely to exclude many vulnerable members of our society whose access to technology is limited and who are already disproportionately affected by the pandemic.”

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