The bad of the times has bought two global competitors and ‘tech giant’ together. Google and Apple have joined hands to work on a project. The 2 tech giants would work to develop a contact tracing platform for COVID-19.
The contact tracing platform for mobile phones would be made available to governments across the globe. With the help of the tool, the government can trace the contact history of people who reported positive for coronavirus. The idea is to make this tracking tool available on existing apps from public authorities initially.
Not only tracing the tool would inform the person if they have come in contact with anyone who has reported positive for the virus in the past two weeks. The Indian government has already launched a similar kind of an app called ‘Aarogya Setu‘. The app provides self-assessment and alerts one in case they pass COVID-19 patients.
“Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design“, read the joint statement of the two firms. The announcement was made on Friday. The two would launch multiple forms of solutions, which would include “application programming interfaces (APIs) and operating system-level technology to assist in enabling contact tracing”
‘The Privacy’ concerns between the two which could have been a big roadblock was said to be managed by the firms. “Privacy, transparency, and consent are of utmost importance in this effort, and we look forward to building this functionality in consultation with interested stakeholders“, agreed the firms. Global technology giant Apple And Google have joined hands to work together in this time of crisis to develop a contact tracing tool.