The ‘Corona Kavach’ tracker application is the Indian government’s technological weapon in the battle against COVID-19.
Amid the havoc caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the government of India has come up with a plan of its own — a plan to use technology in the battle against coronavirus. The Indian government is planning to launch a mobile application called ‘Corona Kavach’ that will help users to verify if they have crossed paths with COVID-19 affected patients. This will help in the timely detection of the virus in a person so that appropriate measures may be taken. The application will be available in English and all other Indian languages.
Highlights! Will ‘Corona Kavach’ help in the fight against COVID-19?
- MeitY and NITI Aayog have collaborated to design the mobile application.
- How will the ‘Corona Kavach’ application help?
- Similar applications have been recently launched in Singapore and South Korea.
A Collaboration of MeitY and NITI Aayog
After individual efforts were made on the application by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and NITI Aayog, the final outline of the application was examined by a committee. Both MeitY and NITI Aayog had developed an application of their own. The committee reviewed both applications and they were then beta-tested. According to officials, the committee wanted to keep the best features of both of the applications. “It was ultimately decided that both teams should take the best of the apps,” a MeitY official said.
How will ‘Corona Kavach’ tracker application help?
Recently, the MeitY tested the Android-based application called ‘Corona Kavach’. This application is to make people more aware of their surroundings while getting them acquainted with any symptoms of coronavirus.
The ‘Corona Kavach’ application is supposed to use the mobile number of the users, along with the location of their smartphone and then match their movements with the pre-stored data of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The ICMR data already has the record of the patients in India who have been tested positive for the virus.
So, the data from this mobile application can help in timely detection of any symptoms of coronavirus. This will help the patient as well as the medical team to take necessary measures based on the seriousness of the case. Putting an infected person under isolation at the right time will provide them with greater chances of recovery.
Taking inspiration from Singapore and South Korea
According to the officials, the application will make use of Bluetooth technology for nearby tracking. This is very similar to the ‘TraceTogether’, an open-source application developed by the government of Singapore. A similar application called ‘Corona 100m’ was deployed by the South Korean government to inform the users about positive coronavirus cases within a certain radius. The ‘Corona Kavach’ tracker application will be available for both Android and iOS users.