MADRID – Spain will try a new smartphone app to thwart the spread of coronavirus by injecting hundreds of false cases into the system in a test run on Canary Island Gomera starting Friday.
The simulation is part of a program that is supposed to send an alarm when one individual is in contact with another who is receiving a diagnosis, the government said.
The hope is that it will be downloaded by about 3,000 people and we will add about 300 simulators, beta testers, to simulate a pandemic among 10 percent of the population,” a government spokeswoman said.
It will use short-range Bluetooth radio to log in contacts.
Contact records will be stored on individual devices rather than on a central server, using a standard developed by Apple and Google, to avoid impairing the privacy of people.
The trial will begin on Friday and last for two weeks, a time that the government hopes will be sufficient to prove whether the app can be rolled out across the nation.
Indra has been hired to handle the pilot at a cost of approximately $375,000.
Gomera is home to some 22,000 residents, close to Tenerife’s tourist hotspot.
Over 28,000 people have been killed in Spain’s coronavirus pandemic, but the crisis has eased, and the country is emerging from a strict lockdown.
The government is eager to get the tourism industry back on its feet, a pillar of the economy and the Canary Islands is a popular destination. They had 2,398 confirmed cases of coronavirus, out of a total of 245,268 national cases as of June 18.
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