New Delhi: AarogyaSetu, a location-based coronavirus tracking
app launched by the Government of India, enables public to asses themselves the
risk of catching the deadly infection, which has claimed over 54,200 lives
globally so far.
It alerts users when they come within six feet of a Covid-19
infected person based on their interaction with others and by using cutting
edge Bluetooth technology, algorithms and artificial intelligence.
The mobile number of the infected person is included in the
register maintained by the Health Ministry when he/she is clinically tested
positive with coronavirus infection. The data is simultaneously updated on the
app as well.
Once installed in a smart phone through an easy and
user-friendly process, the app detects other devices with AarogyaSetu installed
that come in the proximity of that phone. The app can then calculate the risk
of infection based on sophisticated parameters if any of these contacts has
This way, it will help the government take necessary and
timely steps for assessing the risk of spread of COVID-19 infection, and
ensuring isolation where required.
The personal data collected by the app is encrypted using
state-of-the-art technology and stays secure on the phone till it is needed for
facilitating medical intervention.
“Aarogya Setu is our bridge to prevent spread of COVID19 in
India. It will help us stay informed with latest updates against COVID19, and
enable the Government to plan initiatives,” the ministry of Health and Family
Welfare tweeted soon after its launch on April 2.
Available in 11 languages, the app is developed by the National Informatics Centre under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.