Spain to Trial Coronavirus Tracing App on Canary Island

The Spanish contact tracing app will use a standard developed by Apple and Google.

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Spain to Trial Coronavirus Tracing App on Canary Island

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The Spanish app will use Bluetooth short-range radio to log contacts

Highlights
  • The Spanish app will use Bluetooth short-range radio to log contacts
  • It will use the technology developed by Apple and Google
  • The Spanish government will mimic a fake pandemic to test the app

Spain will try out a new smartphone app aimed at thwarting the spread of the coronavirus by injecting hundreds of false cases into the system in a test run starting on Friday on the Canary Island of Gomera.

The simulation is part of a system intended to send an alert when one user has been in contact with another who receives a positive diagnosis, the government said.

"The idea is that approximately 3,000 people download it and we will introduce around 300 simulators, beta testers, to mimic a pandemic among 10 percent of the population," a government spokeswoman said.

It will use Bluetooth short-range radio to log contacts.

To guard against impinging on people's privacy, contact records will be stored on individual devices rather than a central server, using a standard developed by Apple and Google.

The trial will start on Friday and continue for two weeks, a period the government hopes will be enough to prove whether the app could be rolled out across the country.

Technology and defence company Indra has been contracted to manage the pilot at a cost of about $375,000 (roughly Rs. 2.83 crores).

Gomera is home to about 22,000 residents near the tourist hotspot of Tenerife.

More than 28,000 people have died in the coronavirus pandemic in Spain, but the situation has eased and the country is emerging from a strict lockdown.

The government is anxious to get the tourist industry, a mainstay of the economy, back on its feet and the Canary Islands are a popular destination. They had 2,398 confirmed coronavirus cases out of a national total of 245,268 as of June 18.

© Thomson Reuters 2020


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