Google partners with UK universities to control outbreak spread using mobile phone location data

Beijing time on April 4, several sources revealed that Google is working with academics at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, using geographical data on smartphones to track the spread of the virus, the University of Southampton will cooperate with the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Google partners with UK universities to control outbreak spread using mobile phone location data

Google partners with UK universities to control the spread of the epidemic using smartphone geo-location data

It is reported that these data can not be used to track the whereabouts of individual users, but can show a certain period of population movement patterns. Researchers can use the data to find a relationship between movement of people and the rate at which the virus is spreading in different countries and regions, and to understand the effectiveness of the city-blocking measures in European countries.

“We’re going to look at the movement of people within European cities and its impact on controlling the spread of the virus,” said Nick Ruktanonchai, an epidemiologist at the University of Southampton. (Author/Frost Leaf)