– Singapore’s contact tracing app, TraceTogether is now open-sourced.
– Developers around the world can now access the app’s code for free to have a peek at the building blocks of the app to make their own version.
– According to statistics, 1 in 5 people in Singapore has downloaded the app which now has more than a million users.
Developers Around The World Can Now Access TraceTogether For Free And Make Their Own Version
In a recent Facebook post yesterday night (April 9), Vivian Balakrishnan, the Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation initiative mentioned that developers can now access the app’s code for free to make their own version, in efforts to turn the tide against the coronavirus. He also urges developers from around the world to visit tech.gov.sg to find out more about TraceTogether’s source code which is the BlueTrace protocol.
On the other hand, new users can visit this website to find out more about how TraceTogether works. There are currently more than a million users, and statistics show that 1 in 5 people in Singapore have downloaded the contact tracing app. The landing page of the TraceTogether website (pictured above) has a short video demonstrating to new users how the contact tracing works on your mobile phones.
TraceTogether: Singapore Contact Tracing App For Covid-19 Now Open Sourced
As reported by The Straits Times, “The BlueTrace protocol – on which TraceTogether is built – is designed to be interoperable, and the international community can develop and adapt it to their contact tracing needs,” said Dr Balakrishnan, who is also Foreign Minister. He also said that Singapore hopes to work with other countries and public health organisations to further enhance the codebase and BlueTrace protocol, emphasising the importance of standing together as one in the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr Balakrishnan also urges the public to download the app and use it. This is because the app can identify people who have been within two metres of coronavirus patients for at least 30 minutes. Developers are also saying that the app is useful when those infected have trouble remembering who they have in close proximity with for a long duration.