Singapore announced friday that it plans to launch a wearable device to help track new coronavirus contacts,media reported. If proven effective, they could roll out the device to Singapore’s 5.7 million residents, according to local media. “We are developing and will soon launch a portable wearable device… There will be no need to rely on the use of smartphones,” Singapore’s foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, told parliament. “
The new wearable device is an assisted in tracking new coronary pneumonia contacts in Singapore. In an interview with Sky News Australia last month, Mr. Vivin said the device could be in a handbag or hang on the end of a lanyard.
In March, the city nation released one of its first nationwide contact tracking app, TraceTogether, which uses Bluetooth signals to help authorities determine who has been exposed to the new coronavirus. But Singaporeans don’t download the app very often, and it doesn’t work well on Apple or iOS devices, which pause Bluetooth when the app is running in the background.
As of Thursday, a total of 36,922 cases of new coronary pneumonia had been confirmed in Singapore.