Apple and Google announced the joint development of a system for tracking patients with coronavirus infection. Users of devices based on operating systems Android and iOS, using a special “cross-platform” applications of the health authorities will be able to know if they have been contacted disease.
In its official press release, Apple announced that the two companies in may will release sets of developers (API) that will allow “to provide interoperability between Android and iOS devices using a special application provided by the health authorities”. Data will be published in digital stores Apple App Store and Google Play.
The devices can transmit data through Bluetooth technology is a short range. Unlike other methods of tracking the spread of the virus, like a signal from cell towers or GPS, Bluetooth does not record the physical location of the person. Instead, the technology will allow you to record only contacts with other smartphones in a small radius of action within five minutes.
These data will have the application access the health authorities, where users can voluntarily report a positive diagnosis for COVID-19. In this case, those who with these men had contact, will be notified that they were close to an infected person could potentially become infected.
Apple notes that the safety of the users is for both companies in the first place. Therefore, participation in monitoring will be offered on a strictly voluntary basis.
In the coming months, both companies plan to expand the platform tracking maps contacts on the basis of Bluetooth technology, introducing it in their basic platform.
As noted by Apple in its press release, this solution will be more reliable and allow more people (if they wish) to participate in the monitoring system. In addition, it opens the opportunity for more effective interaction with public health authorities and will provide access to a wider ecosystem of applications.