Italy has officially released a COVID-19 touch tracing software built on the Apple and Google developed exposure detection technologies. It’s called Immuni. The country is developing the device in four separate regions reported by Reuters, before carrying it out to the rest of the world.
Pier Luigi Lopalco, who runs the emergency unit COVID-19 in the Puglia area, says the software can help health officials figure out who has come into touch with someone diagnosed with the virus.
“This way we will be able to identify someone who sat next to an infected person on the bus,”
The app, called “Immuni,” uses exposure detection technologies from Apple and Googles that uses Bluetooth instead of GPS to assess if anyone has come into contact with an infected human.
“The” Immune “app aims to reduce the risk of such flare-ups by recording when users are in close proximity to each other. Their mobile phones will exchange codes via Bluetooth technology. If a person tests positive for the virus, the app tells recent contacts to isolate themselves and get tested. Helping health authorities to react quickly and limit infection.”
Despite efforts by the government to ensure its citizens. That its app does not track the location of the user and that data is systematically vanishing. A recent poll shows that at least 24 percent of people will not plan to download the app.
“But only 44 percent of Italians said they will potentially or likely download Immuni. According to pollster survey EMG Acqua on May 26, while 24 percent will definitely not download it. On-the-ground testing of the app, produced by tech startup Bending Spoons. It will begin on June 8 in the Liguria, Abruzzo, Marche and Puglia regions.”
Countries and states are currently between implementing the solution from Apple and Google, instead of creating their own.