Month: September 2020

Developer of Irish Covid tracker app brings its tech to the US

After a successful launch of its app in Ireland and parts of the UK, The Irish company ‘NearForm’ has launched similar technology in Delaware, USA.

Irish-based ‘NearForm’ is launching the Covid-19 Alert DE app in the US state of Delaware, in partnership with local authorities, to help track and trace the spread of Covid-19 .The app is very similar to the company’s current Covid Tracker Ireland app, which had great success at the beginning of July.

Both are built on the exposure notification API developed by Apple and Google, which identifies when one person comes in contact with another on the exact day of contact using Bluetooth ‘handshakes’ from their devices sending them a direct notification.While the Covid Alert DE app will be available to anyone over 18 who lives, works or attends college in Delaware, it will also allow for interoperability across the US in states that also have exposure notification apps based on the Bluetooth technology.

“The Covid Alert DE mobile app puts power in citizens’ hands to protect each other in the fight against Covid-19,” he added. “The open-source technology was built with privacy and data protection at its core.”

Since it was launched, the app has been downloaded by more than 1.7m people. NearForm’s contact-tracing tech is now being used in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar and Scotland.

Source: Silicone Republic