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RoRole of technology in fighting corona virus globally

Published on 8th october, 2020

As we all know that we are going through a very tough phase and i.e this pandemic phase of COVID-19, and we are recovering from this pandemic one way or the other. In recovering technology played a great role especially GPS technology.

Now comes the question that what is a GPS technology?

GPS refers to the Global Positioning System. GPS has been developed to allow accurate determination of geographical locations by the military and civil users. It is based on the use of satellites in Earth orbit that transmit information that allow measuring the distance between the satellites and the user.

There are 3 segments of GPS and they are as follows -

Space - The satellites circling the Earth, transmitting signals to users on geographical position and time of day.

Ground Control- The control system is made up of Earth-based monitor stations, master control stations and ground antenna. Control activities include tracking and operating the satellites in space and monitoring transmissions. There are monitoring stations on almost every continent in the world, including North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.

User Equipment- GPS receivers and transmitters includes watches, smart phones and telematic device.

The main uses of GPS are as follows -

Location- It helps in determining a position.

Navigation-It helps getting from one location to another.

Tracking- It also helps in monitoring object or personal movement.

Mapping- It is used in creating maps of the world as well.

Timing- It makes it possible to take precise time measurements.

There are some factors which can affect GPS accuracy

Physical Obstruction- Arrival time measurements can be skewed by large masses like mountains, building, trees and more.

Atmospheric Effects- Ionospheric delays, heavy storm cover and solar storms can all affect GPS devices.

Ephemeris- The orbital model within a satellite could be incorrect or out of date, although this is becoming increasingly rare.

Numerical Miscalculations- This might be a factor when the device hardware is not designed to specifications.

Artificial Interference- These includes spoofs and jamming devices.

GPS technology apps have actually saved the lives during this pandemic. Smart phones apps are playing a vital role in the response to this pandemic Covid-19. These apps are being used in tracking infected people, issue self-quarantine guidelines, provide latest communication to the citizens and ease the burden on health care staff. Throughout the world, from south Korea to Poland, the apps have been downloaded by millions of people. European Union is planning to roll out its own app, and has issued guidelines for the same. Apple and Google, the two Silicion Valley tech giants, have joined hands for the development of an app that will assist healthcare organizations.

Technology has come to rescue in diagnosing the affected identifying hotspots and also helps in getting real-time updates. While there is an issue of data privacy at stake, most of the app developers are now trying to put mechanisms in place to safeguard privacy of users. Here are few popular smartphone apps to track Covid-19 outbreak

Trace Together It is a popular app that can be downloaded by anyone with mobile number of singapore and a smart phone with Bluetooth. It is contact tracing app that uses Bluetooth to track infected people and it also notify to those who were in close proximity during the past 15 days.

Covid Watch- It is developed in collaboration with Stanford University, the app empowers people to protect themselves and their communities without the need of surrendering their privacy.

HaMagen- It is launched by the Health Ministry of Israel, the app uses contact tracing to contain the spread of the deadly contagion. The app allows users to know if in the past 15 days they were close to anyone who has been diagnosed with the virus.

The Corona Datenspende- This is a German smartwatch app monitors the spread of coronavirus by collecting crucial signs- pulse rate, body temperature, sleep patterns- from volunteers wearing a smartwatch or a fitness tracker. It checks whether they have developed any Covid19 symptoms or not.

Aarogya Setu- Within 13 days of its launch, Aarogya Setu has been downloaded by more than 50 million users, and has become the most downloaded app in the world to track Covid-19. The app has been developed by Indian Ministry of Electronics and It to notify if they have crossed paths with someone who has been diagnosed positive. Tracking is done through location-generated graph and bluetooth that charts proximity with anyone infected. Once the app is installed, the users are required to switch on their Bluetooth and Location sharing, and keep them on always for effective tracking.

Covid Symptom Tracker- This app has been designed by doctors and researchers at the King’s College London and St. Thomas hospitals, in partnership with a healthcare company called Zoe Global Pvt Ltd. The app studies the symptoms of the virus for advanced research and also helps in tracking the spread.

Lets Beat Covid-19 – Lets Beat Covid-19 is designed to allow members of the public to create a short survey about their health and exposure to COVID-19 in order that health and exposure to COVID-19 in order that health services cam save more lives.

Kwaranranna Domova- Poland has been one of the first western countries to roll out a smartphone app that collects reams of personal information, including people’s location and digital photos, in its fight to combat the pandemic. It has become mandatory for anyone who has developed coronavirus symptoms.

Now comes the next generation of coronavirus trackers

Several emerging projects actually aims to set up voluntary, privacyconscious phone tracking systems. The team by computer scientist Ramesh Raskar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology released an app called Private Kit: Safe Paths. The app stores till 28 days of a user’s GPS location , logged every 5 minutes. If the user tests positive for coronavirus, they can share their recent data with health officials to identify and publicize the places where others may have been at risk of infection.

By this you would have understood the uses of Technology in this health crisis, Technology will not be able to avoid the onset of a pandemic; nevertheless, it can assist in managing a crisis more effectively. During this time pf sheer uncertainty and constant fear, our willingness to adopt technology has been our lifeline.’ Technology has also helped in educating people about the entire situation and reminding them to take necessary precautions. The facial recognition technology has helped in identifying people accurately even when they are wearing a mask. Technology has also helped in monitoring the movement of quarantined people.

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