ArogyaSetu, how the coronavirus tracking app works

ArogyaSetu, how the coronavirus tracking app works

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 tested positive.

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.

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