The Indian government has launched Aarogya Setu, the country's first official corona virus tracking app. The app uses phone users' location data and Bluetooth to determine if the user has ever been near a CoVID-19 patient. This is accomplished through the government's coronavirus patient database, which is linked to the new Aarogya Setu app.
Last week it was reported that the government was working on a corona virus tracking app for iOS and Android platforms. The beta version was called CoWIN 20, but the government had now officially made it available for Android users under the name Aarogya Setu in the Google Play Store. This new CoVid 19 tracking app falls under the government's NIC eGov Mobile Apps category on the Play Store.
How does it work?
As suggested, the Aarogya Setu app is currently available for Android. The availability of iOS is not yet known. If you are an Android user, you can install it immediately by clicking here.
As soon as you have installed the app, you will be asked for the desired language and there are several languages available (the app offers a total of 11 language support), making it easier to access nationwide.
You need to register your cell phone number and provide the required information such as name, age, profession and international travel. After submitting the details, the government database is checked, your Bluetooth proximity is used and suggested whether you are safe or not. If you're not sure, the app recommends isolating and taking the necessary action.
Note that the data provided by the user is considered encrypted and is sent anonymously to the government server.
In addition to the data check provided, the app also uses the device's Bluetooth to check whether the user is near an infected patient.
According to a TNW report, the underlying code of this app revealed a lot more information about how the app works when testing the beta app. The report suggests an example, for example, if a person attended a meeting some time ago and within a few days if someone tested positive at the meeting; The app, which uses the card-like tracking function, notifies the former user to take a COVID 19 test because the user attended the gathering. In addition, users could receive a call informing them and warning users to be careful.
However, this card-like tracking feature was included in the government-launched beta. The availability of this function in the new official Aarogya Setu app is still unclear.
Overall, this is another preventative step by the Indian government to track coronavirus patients, and we recommend our readers to install the app immediately.
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For those who don't know, we also created a corona virus tracking website called OneBP.com. The website provides real-time tracking of Covid 19's ongoing global pandemic in India, which you can use to track the status of the crisis that has occurred worldwide and also within India. You can check the website immediately by clicking here.
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