Recently, a number of European experts told that they would soon launch technology for mobile phones to help trace people who had come in contact with those suffering from COVID-19. This way they are assisting the health authorities to act swiftly to stop the spread of the pandemic. The European Initiative is called the Pan-European Privacy Preserving Proximity Tracing (PEPP-PT).
Experts from Europe to initiate PEPP-PT
This initiative includes collecting data via smartphones to show who a person with the pandemic had come in close proximity with so that those people at risk of getting infected could then be contacted. It is a very good and practical initiative. The initiative provides us ability to track down those at risk of getting infection more accurately. It could benefit us in a way that it could help avoid having to ‘lockdown’ whole cities, with the resulting hugely devastating economic impact.
The initiative PEPP-PT brings together more than 120 researchers from eight states. The primary aim is to issue a licensed technology platform by April 7, which is the basis for contact-tracing applications, with the roll-out of the first apps a week after that.
Hans-Christian Boos, founder of German technology firm Arago and a member of the German government’s digital advisory council said: “You are talking about a very short space of time,”. Hans is a prime mover behind the struggle gathering more than 120 researchers from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.
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The epidemiologists told that contact tracing will become an essential weapon in containing upcoming flare-ups in Covid-19, once national lockdowns slow the fast spread of the virus.
The virus can be passed on by people with no symptoms, putting a premium on warning those at risk of infection swiftly after an individual test positive, while the technology can be utilized to avoid the sweeping national measures to stop the spread.