The battle against coronavirus may be over soon. Soldiers in Switzerland are helping as much as they can in order to detect the spread of Coronavirus. However, they have a new defense weapon with them now. No, it is not a new gun.
Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) have come up with a new app. The government-funded project provides the soldiers with a Decentralized Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (DP3T) project. This is a contact tracing app that will prevent infection while keeping in mind the user’s privacy.
Switzerland hopes the app will satisfy all the tests of government. On completion, this app will launch on May 11, 2020. The application uses Bluetooth to communicate between physical devices.
Over the past two weeks, @ICepfl scientists have been testing and refining the smartphone-based system developed by the international Decentralized Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing project (#DP3T), with the help of the Swiss Army https://t.co/44dTwWqPzL
— EPFL (@EPFL_en) May 1, 2020
How does the app help prevent Coronavirus
Around 100 soldiers from the Chamblon army base, Switzerland volunteered to use the app and follow regular routines for 24 hours. According to the guidelines, if the soldiers spend 15 minutes at a distance of 2 minutes, data will get the logged-in device. Further that need to provide a validation card given by researchers in order to check the data.
Marcel Salathe, director of digital epidemiology lab at EPFL, says “the records are not kept in plain text format. Data remains encrypted in order to provide maximum security.” In the future, if a person tests positive for Coronavirus they can upload their particular ID to the system, and all other devices will know if they were in direct contact with the person. This will help improve self-quarantine methods by a large margin.
The basic idea of this app is to help with contact tracing. It helps encourage self-quarantine methods. With an application running on backend servers the process becomes much easier than in-person detections.
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