The "Aarogya Setu" App
On April 2, the Government of India launched the ‘AarogyaSetu’ mobile app with an aim to bring about health and wellness of every Indian. Developed in public-private partnership, this app is a definite step towards India's fight against COVID-19.
The app enables people to assess themselves for their risk of catching the Corona Virus infection. It calculates such risk based on their interaction with others, using Bluetooth technology, algorithms and artificial intelligence. This can be easily installed on a smartphone.
Once installed, the app detects other devices with AarogyaSetu in the proximity of that phone. It thencalculates the risk of infection based on certain parameters if the person carrying any of these devices has tested positive. The effectiveness of this app will increase as more and more people use it.
The App will help the Government take necessary timely steps for assessing the risk of the spread of COVID-19 infection, and ensuring isolation where required.
The App’s design ensures privacy-first. The personal data collected by the App is encrypted using state-of-the-art technology and stays secure on the phone until it is needed for facilitating medical intervention.
Available in 11 languages, the App has a highly scalable architecture.
This app is a unique example of the nation’s young talent coming together to respond to a global crisis. Urging people to download the app, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi called it "a fantastic use of technology to combat coronavirus." In a series of tweets, he said, " Tracks the spread of COVID-19 and notifies you if someone around you is suffering from it. Also lists help-desk numbers of various states."
If you haven't downloaded this app yet, do it now - it is your health in your hands.
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