Local firms develop application to support COVID-19 contact tracing

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Three local firms have teamed to develop “Linda Application” an application to help in the contact tracing of COVID-19 patients. Kenyans will now be able to know if they are within the vicinity of a person who has tested positive through Bluetooth enabled technology.

The Linda app will rely on government data on coronavirus to detect the contacts. So that Kenyans can always be alerted to keep distance in case they come into contact with someone. Also, health experts on the app will be able to trace people who have come into contact with a suspected case of Coronavirus.

“Once you download the Linda app on your mobile phone, you will be required to turn your Bluetooth on. This allows you to receive a buzz cautioning you to maintain social distance” said Bob Ndubi, Silverhouse Capital Limited’s Managing Partner.

“We are trying to look at how can help by becoming part of the solution. And we settled on technology application,” he added.

Their invention joins other companies and corporations. That has stood in the gap to help fight the Coronavirus.

To make it simpler,  the government has access to contacts of people who have tested positive and released. They are constantly monitoring them. Such that if your Bluetooth is on and theirs is on and there are still traces of positive COVID-19. Then your Bluetooth will vibrate, alerting you to keep a distance.

However, the names of the identified contacts on the Linda app will not be released to the public. Instead, users will only receive a notification to keep a distance. The numbers will be captured on the screen in a way that is not visible.



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