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TraceTogether app - Singapore

“Tech will transform from something we actively use to a more seamless integrated experience that is ‘on’ all the time.”

– Daniel Beak, Co-founder of Nodes

WHAT IS TRACE TOGETHER




It is a community-driven tracing app used to stop the spread of Covid–19, developed by the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH), Singapore. This is developed by the Singapore people to help control the spread of Covid-19.

HOW DOES IT WORK


TraceTogether app works by exchanging short-distance Bluetooth signals between phones to detect other participating Trace Together users in close adjacency. The Records of these encounters are stored locally on each user’s phone and these will be shared only with the MOH for the ultimate purpose of contact tracing. TraceTogether notifies the user quickly if he/she has been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with other TraceTogether users. This app allows the Ministry of Health (MOH) to give the user timely care and guidance, safeguarding them and those around them. This facilitates the contact tracing process, and allows the contact tracers to inform TraceTogether users who are close contacts of COVID-19 cases more quickly. This allows the users to take the requisite action sooner, such as monitoring his own health closely for signs of flu-like symptoms. TraceTogether helps the user ensure that they don’t spread the virus to their loved ones unknowingly. It also helps us aid the work of contact tracers and healthcare workers by combating the spread of COVID-19 together. The App’s functionality will cease once the pandemic ends. TraceTogether is designed for use by people in Singapore. To register in this app, the use will need a valid NRIC, FIN, or a valid document of the user’s current stay in Singapore. The TraceTogether app can be downloaded from the Android Google Play or Apple App Store.

Benefits of this app



* If you’re exposed, you’ll be contacted more swiftly and you’ll be able to get tested earlier. If you exhibit any symptoms, they’ll be detected earlier and you can rapidly get yourself treated.

* In the same way, if your family members or friends are exposed, they’ll also be contacted more quickly and tested earlier. * * And if they exhibit any symptoms, they will aslo be detected earlier and they can quickly get themselves treated.

* This app supports healthcare workers and contact tracers. When you use the app, you’ll be part of a larger community engaged to stopping the spread of COVID-19.


The features of this app


* The application is simple and easy-to-use. * The user need to simply download the app from the app store or google play, allow the app permission to log data and turn on your Bluetooth.

* The mobile app uses the Bluetooth signals to detect another TraceTogether user, if your near him. No location data is collected.

* The data logged by the app will remain encrypted in the mobile device where it is installed at all times. Only those who are exposed to COVID-19 will be asked to share the data logged to speed up contact tracing.


Privacy and others



* The app users are allowed to Store limited data only. The data will be automatically deleted after 25 days. When the user is signing up, a random User ID will be generated and linked with the mobile number. The mobile number and User ID both are stored in a secure government server. Only if the user has be in near contact with the COVID-19 case and is communicated by the contact tracing team, * All data from or about other phones will be accessed.

* This app does not receive data about location via GPS or Wi-Fi.

* Creates temporary IDs that change often.


This app will be made mandatory in Singapore by December 2020. This will be mandatory for people who are involved in major events along with the safe entry system. The places where the Trace Together is mandatory are cinemas, restaurants, schools, shopping malls, and work places.

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