Contact tracing made simpler through app

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Hasni (left) and Irda chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim launching the Jejak Johor app.

THE Johor government has launched a mobile app called Jejak Johor for 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’ contacts and inform them immediately of any infection risk.

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 Iskandar Malaysia Urban Observatory Covid-19 Crisis Centre data analysis platform.

Hasni said users would only be recognised through a unique identity or ID while only their registered smartphone 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.

Since May 4, under the conditional movement control order (MCO), more people had gone back to work and as such, tools were needed to monitor the spread of the virus.

“Early tracing will allow the authorities to take quick action. They can carry out disinfection and other necessary measures,” he said.

The Jejak Johor app uses bluetooth waves in smartphones to identify contact among users within a 1m radius.

The app can be downloaded through Google Play Store and would be made available on Apple App Store soon.

For details on the app, email — By MOHD FARHAAN SHAH

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