Apple, Google develop coronavirus tracking tech
The Cyber Guy Kurt Knutsson breaks down new technology from Amazon and Google can detects when a person has come in contact with the coronavirus.
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A mobile coronavirus-tracing effort by Apple and Google will require test verification, the companies said Monday while taking questions about the app, according to Bloomberg.
Public health agencies are working in collaboration with the two tech giants to create an app that will use Bluetooth wireless technology to track people who have been in contact with COVID-19-positive patients.
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Those who have tested positive for the virus will be required to verify their test results before entering their information into the app. Those test results will then be reviewed by the health agencies helping to develop the app, the companies said, according to Bloomberg.
Apple and Google did not immediately respond to an inquiry from FOX Business.
Apple and Google are expected to launch the Bluetooth contact tracing technology on U.S. Apple and Android operating systems, with user consent, in about two months so that users won't need to download an app for their phones to be traced, according to an April 10 joint statement from the two tech giants.
The idea behind the app is to help national governments roll out apps for contact tracing, a painstaking process of identifying, contacting and in some cases isolating people who have been near an infected person, that will run on iPhones and Android phones alike. Traditional methods of contact tracing has been made even more difficult because the novel coronavirus has been in the community spread stage for weeks, so it is difficult to connect people to a source of infection.
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The technology works by harnessing short-range Bluetooth signals. Using the Apple-Google technology, contact-tracing apps would gather a record of other phones with which they came into close proximity.