Apple, Google to create contact tracing technology to fight coronavirus spread

Apple, Google to create contact tracing technology to fight coronavirus spread

Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Friday that they will work together to create contact tracing technology that aims to slow the spread of the coronavirus by allowing users to opt into a system that catalogs other phones they have been near, Trend reports citing Reuters.

The two Silicon Valley companies make the world’s dominant smartphone operating systems for iPhones and Android devices.

They will work together on technology that will allow mobile devices to trade information via Bluetooth connections to alert people when they have been in close proximity with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the sometimes deadly respiratory disease associated with the novel coronavirus.

The technology will first be available in mid-May as software tools available to contact tracing apps endorsed by public health authorities. However, Apple and Google also plan to build the tracking technology directly into their underlying operating systems in the coming months so that users do not have to download any apps to begin logging nearby phones.

The companies said the technology will not track the location or identity of users, but instead will only capture data about when users’ phones have been near each other, with data being decrypted on the user’s phone rather than the companies’ servers. GPS location data is not part of the effort, the companies said.

Governments worldwide have been scrambling to develop or evaluate software meant to improve the normally labor-intensive process of contact tracing, in which health officials go to recent contacts of an infected person and ask them to self-quarantine or get tested.

Several health technology experts have said the involvement of Apple and Google would be a massive boost to their efforts, as contact tracing apps from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and others struggled to make their apps work across competing operating systems.

China to implement new construction project in Georgia
China to implement new construction project in Georgia
Larsi border checkpoint employee tests positive for COVID-19 in Kakheti
Larsi border checkpoint employee tests positive for COVID-19 in Kakheti
Gov't allows 101 Georgian citizens to enter Turkey
Gov't allows 101 Georgian citizens to enter Turkey
Loading Bars
Latest
Number of COVID-2019 cases across globe up by over 273,000 in past day - WHO
COVID-19 infection rate in Turkey increased since May, Koca warns
Iran's NirouChlor Company continues to export to European countries
Kazakhstan, Vietnam trade turnover down twofold
China to implement new construction project in Georgia
Russia's import of Turkish defense products grows despite pandemic
Africa's COVID-19 cases surpass 1.03 mln as death toll rises to 22,966
Erdogan says Turkey becomes 3rd to develop COVID-19 vaccines
Iranian Energy Exchange announces products for sale on August 10
Exit poll: Lukashenko winning 79.7% of votes at Belarus’ presidential election
All polling stations close in Belarus, vote count in progress
Azerbaijan plans to amend legislation to support local production
Greece registers highest daily tally of COVID 19 cases
Larsi border checkpoint employee tests positive for COVID-19 in Kakheti
Another 8 coronavirus-related fatalities registered in Kyrgyzstan
Bahar Azadi gold coin price falls in Iran
Turkey's domestic car project attracting global players' interest
2 civilians killed, 5 troopers injured as blast rocks western edge of Kabul city
Weekly review of key developments in financing, agricultural sector of Azerbaijan
Gov't allows 101 Georgian citizens to enter Turkey
Pandemic fuels e-commerce boom in Turkey
Kazakhstan's export to Poland slightly down amid COVID-19
Iran's South Pars Gas Company begin repairs
1 dead, at least 20 injured in Washington D.C. shooting
Weekly review of events in financial market of Azerbaijan
Presidential election in Belarus declared valid
Production of major Iranian steel companies up
Volume of wheat purchased in Iran's Markazi Province increases
Prime Minister of India to inaugurate submarine cable connectivity to Andaman & Nicobar Islands 10th August
India begins examination of plane's black box after deadly crash
Doctor infected with COVID-19 working in several clinics in Gori and Tbilisi
5 killed, dozens injured in Istanbul bus crash
Kyrgyzstan's total number of recoveries from COVID-19 surpasses 31,820
"TurAz Qartalı - 2020" exercises continue with participation of helicopters (PHOTO/VIDEO)
5.1-magnitude quake shakes west of Iran
Azerbaijan launches tobacco drying enterprise in Tovuz district (FOTO)
Iran declares amount of investment in Bushehr port
Iran reveals its COVID-19 data for August 9
Azerbaijan reports 308 new COVID-19 recoveries
Samsung remains most-used mobile device in Azerbaijan
Iran's Shahid Salimi TPP boosts its production
US expert: Development of Amulsar mine causes tremendous pollution of fresh-water resources in Caucasus
Turkey reports 1,172 new COVID-19 cases
Georgia reports 9 new cases of COVID-19, 4 recoveries
COVID-19-like pneumonia affected over 1,000 more Kazakhstanis, killing 15
Turnout at Belarus presidential election reaches 45.33%
Iran discloses volume of wheat purchased in Ardabil Province
Azerbaijani government to support entrepreneurs in digital infrastructure dev't
Iran reveals value of exports via Kermanshah Province to Iraq
Special Forces Units also involved in first stage of Azerbaijani-Turkish tactical exercises (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Saffron to be auctioned in Iran
Azerbaijan reveals daily crude oil production for July 2020
Early voting turnout at 41.7% in Belarus
Iranian currency rates for August 9
Polling stations at Belarus presidential election open at 8:00
Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 28 times
Export of steel from Turkey abroad in 1H2020 shrinks
Geostat reveals inflation rates in Georgia in June 2020
South Africa's COVID-19 death toll exceeds 10,000
EU Ambassador: Uzbekistan is one of key countries in Europe-Asia Connectivity Strategy
New COVID-19 cases detected in Kazakhstan in past day
Esper: U.S. will cut troop levels in Afghanistan to 'less than 5,000'
Law enforcers regain control of Beirut’s center, ministries captured by protesters
Chinese mainland reports 23 new confirmed COVID-19 cases
Ukraine president says Kyiv staying out of U.S. internal politics, elections
U.S. sets record as coronavirus cases top 5 million
Twitter, TikTok held preliminary talks about potential combination: WSJ
Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths, 3 mln cases of COVID-19
Trump signs orders to extend certain COVID-19 relief after Congress fails to reach deal
Turkey reports 1,172 new COVID-19 cases, 239,622 in total
Czech apartment fire kills 11, including three children
Moscow's death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases rises by 12 to 4,572 - crisis center
WHO reports one-day surge in coronavirus cases by over 284,000
Plane crashes in Portuguese-Spanish joint fire operation, one killed
Lebanese PM says only way out of crisis is holding early elections: statement
Over 230 injured in Beirut protests - Lebanese Red Cross Society
Ireland reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases since early May
Beirut explosion death toll rises to 158, over 6,000 injured: Health ministry
Android goes on being most popular operation system in Azerbaijan
Turkey records decline in carpet export in 1H2020
Official: Epidemiological situation in Georgia is manageable and under control
Iranian mayors express readiness to help Beirut after blast
Kazakhstan sends military medical team to Lebanon after Beirut blast
Protesters storm Lebanon's Foreign Ministry
Oil spill threatens ecological disaster as Mauritius declares emergency
Belarus reports 124 new COVID-19 cases, total reaches 68,738
Azerbaijani president congratulates president of Singapore
Azerbaijani MFA: Armenia is making attempts to illegally resettle Armenians from Middle East to Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent regions
Iran declares amount of funds to be paid for construction of Ardabil-Mianeh railway
Iran Red Crescent delivers 15 tons of food to Lebanon Red Cross
Turkey to allocate Port of Mersin for Beirut's use, top Turkish official says
PM Gakharia: Georgia ready for NATO membership
Libya reports 200 new COVID-19 cases
Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market (Aug. 3-7)
Iran announces balance of bank loans
Total COVID-19 recoveries number exceeds 30,000 in Azerbaijan
Uzbekistan's capital to establish co-op with Japan's Nagoya city
Georgia becomes net importer of apples in 2019/2020 season
Iran's parliament to review stock exchange, foreign currency rates
Ferrero to purchase hazelnuts from Georgian Hazelnut Producers Association
All news