The two biggest names of the tech world are working together to fight against the COVID-19 epidemic. Apple and Google’s first joint venture, creating a tool that tracks the coronavirus symptoms, and affected people. Interestingly, the tool helps people by warning them about people they’ve come up in contact with who are infected with the coronavirus. COVID-19 has become an epidemic on a global scale.
Apple and Google are creating new technology together for the very first time named Coronavirus tracker. This coronavirus tracker tool is to help people about coronavirus symptoms and also gives you an alert message about coronavirus affected people.
Initially, Apple and Google plan to release tracker in May for public health authorities to screen people quickly. Then after some time, or in the coming months, the company will release coronavirus tracker to android and iOS users to help more people. This new technology is based on Bluetooth wireless radio technology.
On Friday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has tweeted and said, “this collaboration is to help Public Health Officials”. Apple CEO Tim Cook also tweeted and said, “this joint venture can help slow the spread of COVID-19, and can be done without user’s privacy”.
Contact tracing can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and can be done without compromising user privacy. We’re working with @sundarpichai & @Google to help health officials harness Bluetooth technology in a way that also respects transparency & consent. https://t.co/94XlbmaGZV
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 10, 2020
Well, this is the first collaboration between two big tech organizations around the world.
Last month Google’s parent company Alphabet released the website to help people in California by providing helpful information about coronavirus testing. The website formed in collaboration with the White House. Prior to this month, Google has also said that it helps small businesses and crisis that occurs due to COVID-19 epidemic by offering $800 million.
Apple and Google have announced this in their joint statements, “Across the world, governments and health authorities are working together to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect people and get society back up and running. Software developers are contributing by crafting technical tools to help combat the virus and save lives. Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design”.
New Technology Highly Supports Contact Tracing
Apple and Google are the two biggest opponents and are working together to help us by providing official information. Earlier to this, Apple and Google have also started to create and distribute safety equipment to health care workers.
This new technology is made for the solitary reason to support contact tracing, by which health care workers could be able to effortlessly identify the patient’s history.
New technology could possibly increase the screening process. People who are verified as having a coronavirus can warn other persons who they have come up in contact via Bluetooth wireless radio technology. This will leads to people self-quarantined to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
With Google and Apple’s joint venture technology, infected people can share their digital IDs like phone broadcasts, and other people can check their database for any similarities. There are other contact tracing devices that can help to fight with the pandemic of coronavirus. For example, COVID watch and Pan European Privacy-Preserving proximity Tracing. Coronavirus which started as a simple virus has now taken a huge form and destroying many countries. The main reason of coronavirus outbursts is the lethargic attitude and lack of action plans of various countries’ governments.