August 12 (Reuters) – An improved coronavirus contact tracking app for the UK will begin public testing on Thursday, BBC News reported Wednesday.
The software will be modeled after Apple’s and Google privacy-focused approach in detecting another smartphone, said BBC https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53753678. Engineers are still trying to solve problems with Bluetooth-based technology wrongly flagging everyone as being within 2 meters of each other.
The app will allow people to scan QR codes like barcodes to record site visits, as well as deploy other smartphone detection methods by Apple and Google, the BBC reported.
Inspection and tracking programs are key to reopening the economy but have been plagued by problems. A smartphone app developed by the National Health Service (NHS) was originally scheduled to be launched in May, but failed.
In June, the government removed the homegrown model for the use of Apple and Google systems. (Reporting by Rebekah Mathew and Rama Venkat in Bengaluru; edited by Grant McCool)