JOHOR BARU: The Johor government has launched an application called Jejak Johor to assist in contact tracing to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the app would allow the state Health Department (JKNJ) to obtain users’ contact record and inform them immediately of any risk of infection.
The app, developed by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda), United Nations Development Programme and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, uses a combination of facial recognition technology and data analysis platform of the Iskandar Malaysia Urban Observatory Covid-19 Crisis Centre.
Hasni said users would only be recognised through a unique identity or ID while only the users’ registered handphone numbers would be stored in the app so that they could be easily contacted by JKNJ.
He added that only JKNJ and the Johor Special Security Committee would be able to use the platform to analyse the data and take immediate steps to contain the pandemic.
“The system will produce an analysis on the relation between the positive patient, close contacts and patients under investigation to identify the infection cluster,” he said.
He said since May 4, under the conditional movement control order (MCO), more people had gone back to work and it was important to monitor and contain the spread of the virus.
“Early tracing will allow the authorities to take quick action to curb the spread.
“They can carry out disinfection operations at the places identified and take other measures,” he said.
The Jejak Johor app uses
bluetooth waves in smartphones to identify contact among users within a one-meter distance.
The app is for public usage and useful to trace contacts with delivery service workers, e-hailing drivers and frontliners.
The app can be downloaded through Google Play Store and will be made available on Apple Store soon.
For more details on the app, email email@example.com
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