The federal government stated Wednesday that it plans to fabricate 1000’s of wristbands that can monitor the areas and temperatures of coronavirus sufferers and assist carry out contact tracing.
The wristband venture goals to trace quarantined sufferers and assist well being employees and people delivering important companies. India is ramping up surveillance because it begins to ease one of many world’s strictest virus lockdowns.
It has 19,984 confirmed instances of coronavirus, together with 640 deaths, and consultants concern the epidemic’s peak might nonetheless be weeks away. Hundreds of wristbands are anticipated to be deployed, however an actual determine has not been launched.
The wristbands mirror an analogous program in Hong Kong, the place authorities used bands to watch abroad travellers ordered to self-isolate.
Broadcast Engineering Consultants India, a government-owned firm, will current wristband designs to hospitals and state governments subsequent week and work with Indian start-ups to fabricate them.
George Kuruvilla, the corporate’s chairman, stated the wristbands are more likely to be rolled out in Might.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the nation’s 1.three billion folks to obtain a authorities contact-tracing app known as Aarogya Setu to assist decide their an infection danger. It has been downloaded over 50 million occasions because it was launched on April 2.
Kuruvilla stated the wristbands might combine information captured within the app.
He stated the wristbands shall be used to watch the actions of quarantined sufferers, each at residence and at hospitals, and any spikes of their physique temperature. It’s going to ship an alert to public well being officers if sufferers transfer exterior their quarantine zone. The system will even have an emergency button that wearers can use to name for assist.
The wristband will let well being employees know if folks they encounter have been to high-risk areas or have been in touch with an contaminated particular person, whereas aiding these delivering important companies equivalent to groceries or medicines.
The wristband will seize all of the locations an contaminated particular person has visited, the routes they took, decide if they’d any international journey and determine those that have been of their neighborhood. It’s going to additionally inform folks if a sick particular person is close by.
It’s going to additionally assist in making a geofence, or a digital perimeter, round areas being monitored, equivalent to widespread assembly locations, public transit or locations for spiritual gatherings. An individual leaving or coming into the digital perimeter could possibly be alerted by way of the wristband.