Dengue alert app

Quick info: (From left) Chin, Yong, Tan, Lim and UTM lecturer Dr Yeong showing the mobile apps which will be launched by end of this year. Photo: Norbaiti Phaharoradzi.

JOHOR BARU: Smartphone users will be able to check on dengue outbreaks by accessing a new mobile application which is to be launched in the market.

A group of students from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) have come up with a smart application to identify dengue hotspots which will help alert the community on dengue cases nationwide.

Its team leader Yong Bong Xiang, 21, said the We Alert mobile application was designed to provide users, with a platform not only to be alert on the issue but also contribute updates.

"By having this mobile app, users can search and identify dengue outbreak areas by viewing the "Dengue Zone", which also indicates the level of seriousness with different colours.

"It comes in three colours of red, yellow and green which indicates dangerous, moderate and low levels of seriousness, respectively,” he told reporters during a press conference at Chancellery Building in UTM.

He hoped the application, which was still being developed, could be fully completed and launched with other relevant functions for public use by the year-end.

The group of four from the Electrical Engineering Faculty are Yong Bong Xiang, 21, Jason Lim Ji Chen, 21, Chin Linn Kern, 21 and Tan Ru Dei, 20.

“We adopted a similar concept as the Waze mobile application, popularly used for traffic reports and GPS support, to develop the application.

Yong said with just a click, the authorities could also be informed to take the necessary steps as they would be informed of these hotspot areas.

Meanwhile, lecturer Dr Yeong Che Fai, who supervised the project, said they used the Predictive Modelling System method under the Microsoft Azure clock software to build the mobile app.

The project, he said began in March.

The invention was conceptualised based on the vast dengue reports sourced from the newspapers, social media and statistic provided by the Health Ministry and hoped it could help save lives, he added.

The group also aims to add other functions into the application such as alerts on break-in cases, Ebola and also on missing person cases.

Yeong said so far, several government agencies have shown their interest in collaborating with them including the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission and Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit.

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