Google and Apple have partnered on technology to help track contacts in COVID-19.

Google and Apple have partnered on technology to help track contacts in COVID-19.

 Google and Apple have partnered on technology to help track contacts in COVID-19.





While covid-19 continues to affect 210 countries and territories around the world with no signs of a slowdown, tech companies are helping by using technical tools to help fight the virus and save lives. A new joint effort between Google and Apple aims to make the use of Bluetooth technology more accessible for governments and health agencies in order to reduce the spread of the deadly virus, with user privacy and security at the center.


Because coronavirus can be transmitted close to those affected, health authorities have identified contact research as a valuable tool to help contain its spread. Several major public health authorities, universities, and NGOs around the world have done an important job in developing contact-seeking technology. As part of the effort, Apple and Google are working together to develop application programming interfaces (APIs) and operating system-level technology that assists in tracking contacts. This two-step solution is designed to be implemented quickly, whilst still maintaining strong security around user privacy.


Public health authority apps will be available for download through the IOS and Android app stores through APIs in the coming months, making it possible for all devices to communicate. These apps are free to use.


It is also their intention to build a Bluetooth platform to facilitate a wider range of Bluetooth contact tracking functionality. This approach is more robust than an API and would allow more people to participate if they choose. It would also enable communication with a broader ecosystem of government health applications and authorities.


A crucial opportunity for companies to work together has never been presented before to solve one of the world's pressing problems. The mission of COVID-19 researchers is to leverage the power of new technology to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in countries around the world and further the return of day-to-day life.


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