Germany is in the process of launching a smartphone app that will trace coronavirus infections. Per Mashable, this technology uses Bluetooth to detect people who are at risk of COVID-19.
The outlet states, “The app, which requires Bluetooth to be turned on at all times, will measure the distance between phone owners. Once it detects two users have been within 1.5 meters of each other for longer than 15 minutes, the devices will exchange user IDs. And if a person tests positive for coronavirus, the app will notify everyone who came into contact with them in this manner. The app doesn’t rely on a centralized database, does not communicate a user’s location info, and does not access a user’s personal information.”
They add that the German government hopes the app will aid in curbing the second wave of coronavirus. The smartphone app is expected to launch this week. Other countries that have this technology include France, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Norway