As well as his pandemic Mesures COVID-19, continues to affect many parts of the world, several countries have adopted applications that detect the virus. Technological giants like the Google and Apple work together on applications based on Bluetooth technology, while in India the "Aarogya Setu" application has gained great recognition.
And now her government India, seems to be planning to create an application to detect COVID-19, which will target 2G devices. This decision by the Indian government has to do with the fact that a huge number of its population uses such devices, which even exceeds the number of smartphones used in the country.
The Aarogya Setu application uses technology Bluetooth to locate others Appliances located very close. However, according to him Navkendar Singh"Most mobile phones (in the country) do not have data capability and most do not have Bluetooth or GPS technology," said a research director at IDC India.
Creating a tracking app for these basic phones is a big challenge, as most don't have one. GPS and even if they have it is almost impossible to install an application on them.
The only option that application developers have in this case is to monitor location on a network level, ie 2G and 3G networks. But again, the data location collected may not be very accurate.
Some states in India have reportedly tried network detection, but its effectiveness is unknown.
India's Information Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, said it was possible to set up a basic phone call detection app and that the project was under development.
If India's efforts to create a contact detection app for basic mobile phones work, it will be a major achievement for the whole world, as more than a quarter of mobile phones on the planet, about 1,5 billion in total, do not have Bluetooth functionality. .
Such phones are found mainly in countries that do not have a strong health system, so it is likely that they will benefit more from such an application.