A team from Switzerland says it has developed and launched the first digital new crown contact notification app using the Apple and Google frameworks,media reported. The app, called SwissCovid, went into the pilot phase on Monday and has now been tested by the Swedish army, hospital staff and civil servants.
It is reported that the application was jointly developed by institutions such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and Zurich, and relies on a “decentralisation” approach. The agency’s development team says their app is the first in the world to actually launch an Apple-Google Framework of its kind.
Unlike other digital contact tracking efforts, API-based applications must adhere to a set of privacy and security protocols, such as strict opt-in policies, decentralized data storage, encryption, and anonymity.
Due to harsh requirements, some governments such as the United Kingdom and The United States and Utah have decided to abandon THE API by their own solution. But the NHS is still considering apple-Google API as a back-up plan, the BBC reported.
According to Swiss news site Swissinfo.ch, the Google version of the app was accidentally leaked to the public before access was restricted, although EPFL said the incident would not affect the pilot.
The Swiss parliament will debate the legal basis for the application in June. If approved, it will be officially released to the public by the middle of the month.