Tech Giants Google and Apple Are Working Together to Build a Contact Tracing Technology
. Apple and Google, two of the world's biggest tech companies, recently announced that they're working on a joint technology project. Staff confirmed that two of the biggest in the world were keen to speed up contact tracing for COVID-19. Their goal is to launch APIs and technology akin to mobile phone operating systems (OS). In so doing, those from the government and healthcare sectors to notify users who have a high probability of exposure. Representatives from both companies said: "Since COVID-19 can be transmitted through close proximity to affected individuals, public health officials have identified contact tracing as a valuable tool to help contain its spread. A number of leading public health authorities, universities, and NGOs around the world have been doing important work to develop opt-in contact tracing technology." Apple and Google will further the cause by launching comprehensive solutions for APIs and OS-level technology. This was mentioned in their joint statement.
Two phases of the technology:
1) Target month: May By then the companies will release APIs to enable cooperative operations between Android and iOS devices through apps that will be available in the companies' respective app stores. 2) This is followed by the Bluetooth-based technology that will be planted in operating systems. Tech giants would call them drastic solutions. Also noteworthy is the issue of privacy of protection. Consider this carefully. Though a technical documentation draft is possible, there is no proper warning when the tracking system would be set in place. Both Apple and Google representatives expressed how "All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems. Through close cooperation and collaboration with developers, governments, and public health providers, we hope to harness the power of technology to help countries around the world slow the spread of COVID‑19 and accelerate the return of everyday life."
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