Apple And Google Join Forces On COVID-19 Contact Tracing Technology

Recently, Google and Apple announced a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies lessen the spread of the virus.
 
Apple said that in collaboration with Google, it will soon launch a comprehensive solution that includes application programming interfaces (APIs) and operating system-level technology to help in enabling contact tracing. The plan is to execute this solution in two steps while keeping strong protections around user privacy.
 
Source: Apple 
 
Contact tracing is a very important tool to help contain COVID 19 spread. Many leading public health authorities, universities, and NGOs around the globe have been doing important work to develop opt-in contact tracing technology.
 
The companies have plan to release APIs that enable interoperability between Android and iOS devices using apps from public health authorities. These official apps will be available, next month, for users to download via their respective app stores.
 
In the second step, the companies will work to enable a wider Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform by building this functionality into the underlying platforms. This, according to Apple, will be a more robust solution than an API and would help more individuals to participate, if they choose to opt-in, as well as facilitated interaction with a broader ecosystem of apps and government health authorities.
 
The companies also released draft technical documentation including Bluetooth and cryptography specifications and framework documentation.