Officials spent about $ 6 million on developing their own application
The UK government has halted the launch of the COVID-19 proliferation tracking application that NHS experts have been developing for the past three months. Millions of pounds were invested in the project, but the application was ineffective.
Health Minister Matt Hancock said the NHS would begin using the joint development of US technology companies Apple and Google as an alternative, which would continue to be worked on for several more months. The new application is expected to be available this fall or winter.
The NHS plans to release an application that tracks citizens’ social contacts using a Bluetooth connection on a smartphone. In the case of contact with a coronavirus patient, the user received a notification about the need for self-isolation.
Ministers insisted on using a centralized version of an unproven technology in which anonymous data from people who felt unwell were stored in the NHS database to provide better tracking and analysis. Work on the entry-level disease level in the UK started on the app in March. After several weeks of work, officials believe that only 75% of smartphones with Android operating systems and only 4% of iOS phones work correctly.
The problem was in the features of the operating system iOS. If the application is not used on the device, it automatically goes into sleep mode, and cannot be activated via Bluetooth.
The Department of Health and Welfare declined to report how much money was spent on the development of the application. According to information GuardianThe agency ended three contracts with the developer of VMWare Pivotal Labs for a total sum of £ 4.8 million ($ 5.9 million). It was previously planned that the application would launch in May this year.
The UK is not the only country that uses Google and Apple technology. Earlier this week, Italy and Germany launched applications that use the company’s growth. In Italy, the application was downloaded over 2.7 million times, in Germany – more than 6.5 million times on the first day of launch.
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Earlier we wrote that the Ministry of Digital Affairs has created a mobile application to monitor self-isolation. The novelty was called “The Vedoma”, in the Appendix they monitor whether civilian affirmations or suspected coronaviruses emphasize self-isolation with COVID-19.
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