Apple and Google team up against COVID-19: a system to fight the spread of the disease will appear on iOS and Android
13.04.2020 Francis Patterson 0 Comments
Apple and Google have announced the start of a joint project to combat the proliferation of COVID-19. It involves the creation of a system based on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and official applications of healthcare organizations. From the data published by companies it follows that users on a voluntary basis will be able to connect to the system and receive alerts about whether they had close contact with patients with COVID-19.
Using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) smartphones users will exchange identification keys, which are constantly changing, while maintaining the anonymity of the owner of the device. All keys with the permission of users are uploaded to the cloud and stored there for 14 days. In the future, if a person becomes infected with COVID-19 and enters the test results into the application of a local health organization, he can allow the system to send an alert to other people with whom he had close contact. But since all the data is anonymous, other users will receive only information that they had contact with the infected person, as well as instructions with further actions.
In fact, Apple and Google want to automate the processes that are now taking place in many countries when local authorities are trying to track people’s contacts with COVID-19 and test those who could potentially get infected. In May, companies plan to release APIs that will ensure the compatibility of Android and iOS devices for working with applications of official healthcare organizations. The latter will be available in the Google Play and App Store.
In addition, in the coming months, Apple and Google will work to expand the contact tracking system based on Bluetooth, introducing this functionality into their base platforms. This is a more robust solution than the API, which allows you to connect more users, with their consent, and also interact with a wider ecosystem of applications and government health authorities. Apple and Google point out that confidentiality, transparency, and compliance are paramount in these efforts, and companies are counting on building this functionality in consultation with interested parties. However, they promise to openly publish information about their work on this project.
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