Updated: May 20
From real-time navigation to ridesharing, mobile applications have solved a myriad of issues that consumers face. The current COVID-19 situation is no different. People are discovering ways in which these apps can play an increasingly important role in tracing the spread of the virus through peer-to-peer contact. As the contact tracing app ecosystem for COVID-19 continues to expand, it is important to highlight some of the apps that have been making gaining traction with the public. Below, you can see a list of these solutions and a short description of each.
List of Mobile Apps
TraceTogether (Singapore Government)
Exchanges Bluetooth signals while two mobile phones are in close proximity. Open sourced as OpenTrace.
StayHomeSafe (HongKong Government)
Available to anyone who enters the country to download and can be used during their 14 day quarantine.
Corona 100m (South Korean non-government developer)
Allows people to see the date that a COVID-19 patient was confirmed to be infected, along with that patient's nationality, gender, age and where the patient visited.
Corona Map (South Korean non-government developer)
Plots the locations where people known to have had COVID-19 have been, allowing the public to avoid those areas.
Alipay Health Code (Chinese Government supported)
A color code system allows this app to show an infection risk. The system uses three colors: Red, Green and Yellow.
COVIDSafe (Australian Government)
Uses the same BlueTrace technology developed by the Singapore government, which relies on Bluetooth signals to identify interactions.
Arogya Setu (Indian Government)
Uses both GPS location data and Bluetooth for tracing.
Gerak Malaysia (Malaysia Government)
Allows the police and Ministry of Health to track and analyze user movement as well as registering permission for cross-state movement.
MySejahtera (Malaysia Government)
Retrieve updated information and statistics related to the pandemic.
MyTrace (Malaysia Government)
Bluetooth is used to detect how long a user's smartphone is in close proximity with other phones using Bluetooth signalling.
Smittestopp (Norway Government)
Uses both Bluetooth & GPS to track cases.
HaMagen (Israel Government)
Keeps track of a user's movements and compares the information gathered from the user with the Health Ministry's data on the movement of positively diagnosed individuals.
Rakning C-19 (Iceland Government)
GPS logger app for Android and iOS. Tracks users’ GPS data to compile a record of where they have been, allowing investigators with permission to look at whether those with a positive diagnosis are potentially spreading the disease.