Token for the elderly without smartphones

KUALA LUMPUR: A token system to enable those without smartphones to “check-in” at premises is currently being developed by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti), says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Health Minister said the system was similar to that in Singapore, a wearable token that was first distributed to vulnerable elderly people who do not own smartphones beginning July last year.

“Mosti is currently developing a token system that we can distribute to the elderly who do not own smartphones,” he said during his winding-up speech on the Royal Address in Parliament.

Khairy was responding to Vivian Wong (PH-Sandakan) who interjected and asked if the government has any plans to tackle the issue.

“The token will use a ‘Bluetooth proximity technology’,” he said.

Known as the TraceTogether token, it can be worn on a lanyard or carried, and its battery can last up to nine months on a single charge.

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