Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the Aarogya Setu app can be possible to be used as an e-pass which could subsequently facilitate travel from one place to another.
While having a video conference with the chief ministers of all states, he also said that the tracking app is an essential tool in India’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
He also spoke about popularizing the Aarogya Setu app to ensure downloads in greater numbers and referred to how South Korea and Singapore got success in contact tracing.
The Aarogya Setu app was launched to help people track coronavirus infections more accurately.
The app was launched by the National Informatics Centre that comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on April 2.
The app is available in Google playstore for Android smart phones and App store for iPhones.
“The App, called ‘Aarogya Setu’ joins Digital India for the health and well-being of every Indian. It will enable people to assess themselves the risk for their catching the Corona Virus infection,” the Ministry of Electronics and IT said in a statement.
“Once installed in a smart phone through an easy and user-friendly process, the app detects other devices with Aarogya Setu installed that come in the proximity of that phone. The app can then calculate the risk of infection based on sophisticated parameters if any of these contacts is tested positive,” it added.
The app uses cutting edge Bluetooth technology, algorithms and artificial intelligence to determine whether a person is in the risk of contracting a COVID-19 infection.
People will have to first register their mobile number before using the Aarogya Setu app
The Aarogya Setu app is available in eleven languages.