Air force introduces beta coronavirus tracking app

Air force introduces beta coronavirus tracking app

The Royal Thai Air Force has launched a beta version of a mobile phone application developed to help track possible contacts with confirmed Covid-19 carriers.

The "Air Track" application is Bluetooth-based technology capable of tracking people who have been in close contact with confirmed Covid-19 carriers over a 14-day period before the infected person found out he or she had the virus, said the Navaminda Kasatriyadhiraj Royal Thai Air Force Academy team developing the app.

When a confirmed Covid-19 patient presses the "accept" button in Air Track on his or her smartphone, the app will then begin tracking possible contacts over the past 14 days and notify them about the possible risk of exposure, said the team.

This app is capable of detecting those people with the same app on their mobile phones who have been within 10 metres of a confirmed Covid-19 carrier over that standard two-week incubation period, said the team.

The possible contacts may then begin isolating themselves from others while monitoring their health or consulting a doctor if needed, said the team.

The team said the application will not access users' personal data on their mobile devices, such as GPS location, contact lists, photos and health information.

The identities of the app users will also not be be revealed to any third party.

A test run is underway among Royal Thai Air Force personnel and their families.

Android users who are interested in the App may download it from this link: http://demo.infovention.com/rtaf/airtrackv2.apk.

An iOS version for the app will be released around the same time it is made available for free download in both App Store and Play Store.

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