University develops app to monitor movement


KUCHING: Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus have come up with a stay home notice (SHN) app to assist efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The app was jointly developed by a team from the university’s Centre for Digital Futures and School of Information and Communication Technologies, led by Prof Patrick Then.

According to Then, people under a stay home notice can use the app to report their location and photo to the relevant monitoring authorities.

“Their simple action helps the relevant authorities to reduce their workload and even improve the effectiveness of the movement control order (MCO), ” he said.

Then said the app was offered for free to healthcare service officers, organisations and institutions in the public and private sectors during the MCO to ensure that designated persons stay at home.

“We are dedicated to contribute our expertise to support the state government to further curb the Covid-19 outbreak, ” he said, adding that various organisations were currently assessing the app for deployment to SHN subjects.

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