In a bold and ambitious collaboration, Apple and Google are developing a smartphone platform that will track the spread of the Coronavirus. The tech giants are teaming up to try and leverage the ubiquity of smartphones to help notify users who may have been exposed to the virus while protecting their privacy.
The platform system will use the proximity capabilities built into Bluetooth transmissions to track the physical contacts of participating phone users. If a user later tests positive for the Coronavirus, he can choose to enter the result. The app will then contact all other participating phone users who have recently come within 6 feet.
These unprecedented times bear fruit to unprecedented alliances.