Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee have developed a mobile application to combat the spread of coronavirus. The team created the app to help the government deal with the ongoing global pandemic. This new app can track the movement of people with the disease and also can do geofencing around him or her. IIT Roorkee also revealed that the system will get an alert if geofencing is violated by the quarantined person. Besides live tracking, the administrator can view the entire movement history of an individual with the help of the app. In case the app fails to send the GPS data, the administrator can get the location automatically by triangulating the mobile towers. Let’s check out the details below. Also Read - DRDO to mass produce bio suits for medical professionals fighting Coronavirus
Coronavirus tracking app from IIT Roorkee; details
The administrator can also send the location through SMS if the internet is not working in a certain area. “The tracking system allows for state-of-the-art surveillance during COVID-19. Besides facilitating quarantine management, it helps to overcome overcrowding at any location by issuing an alert to the predefined agency,” said Professor Kamal Jain, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Roorkee who developed the application. “This is our small step to supplement government efforts in these testing times,” Jain added. Also Read - Google Doodle tries to create awareness about coronavirus
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One can also share the photographs of quarantined persons/places on a Google map. In addition, the app can also upload geotagged images to a server. Furthermore, administrators can view all reports on a map. If installed on the device of an affected person, it can provide a history of all people in his vicinity for a defined period. “We are committed to aiding the efforts of the government during this unprecedented time. This system will greatly help in tracking and surveillance of COVID-19 suspects,” said Ajit K. Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee. Also Read - Coronavirus: Google shares travel habits of users during the pandemic
It is worth noting that this is not the first tracking app in India. For some context, the government of India just launched its tracking app called “Aarogya Setu” a few days back. The app alerts the users if they have come in close proximity with any COVID-19 positive patient. We have already shared a detailed report to outline how the app works. Interested readers can check details on how to set up the “Aarogya Setu” app. As noted in the past, Niti Aayog launched the app after testing it for about a week.
With inputs from IANS.