Six communities begin testing the ‘Radar Covid’ app

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Andalusia, Cantabria, Aragon, Extremadura, Canary Islands and Castilla y León These are the first six communities that since Thursday have launched the mobile application for the alert of coronavirus infections, the so-called RadarCovid, whose pilot program concluded a few weeks ago on the Canary island of La Gomera.

As reported by the Ministry of Health this Thursday, the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System agreed last Wednesday that the communities that complete the necessary adaptation process can begin to operate in tests with this application.

It is a temporary agreement, “which allows accelerating the implementation of development” and which must be ratified through bilateral agreements between the health councils of each community and the department headed by Salvador Illa.

It is a first step, explains the Ministry, in the national implementation plan of the application, which until today already has some two million downloads in its versions for Android and iOS operating systems.

The rest of the communities have also expressed their interest in launching this tool and therefore are working to integrate it into their health systems with a view to launching it in the coming weeks.

Does not identify contacts

RadarCOVID uses the “bluetooth” of mobile phones to warn its users if they have been close for fifteen minutes or more at two meters or less away from an infected person.

It does not use geolocation or collect any data from users, but instead assigns random numbers to citizens’ mobile phones, who voluntarily install it to warn them that they have to contact the health authorities for having recently been close to someone infected, at that is never identified.

It is precisely the autonomous communities on which the application implementation process depends, which requires development, and each of them has to define its internal operating circuit.

And is that each community, As has been done in La Gomera, where the application pilot program has been developed, you will have to provide a code to participants, which, when you enter it on your mobile, allows you to notify close contacts with whom you have acted in recent days so that they in turn can contact the corresponding health authority.

September 15

The Executive’s estimate is that it will be available nationwide as of September 15, according to the Secretary of State for Digitization and Artificial Intelligence, Carme Artigas, in the presentation of the results of the pilot program on August 3.

Health also reports that the European Commission is developing the legal and technical framework that enables interoperability between applications based on the decentralized model, such as RadarCOVID, so that they can continue to operate beyond the borders of each State. .

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