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Jakarta Post

App available for COVID-19 contact tracing, tracking

  • Rizki Fachriansyah and Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 31 2020   /  01:17 am

The Communications and Information Ministry, in collaboration with the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry, has developed a mobile application that enables users to compile data related to the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. The app is also expected to help bolster the government’s efforts to trace and track confirmed cases, as well as suspected patients across the country.

The homegrown app, dubbed PeduliLindungi for the time being, cross references the data stored on its users’ mobile devices through Bluetooth connection. When a user is in the vicinity of another user whose data has been uploaded to PeduliLindungi, the app enables an anonymous exchange of identities, according to its official website.

If a user is found to have been in close proximity with confirmed suspected cases under surveillance, the app will identify them. Such a feature is expected...