Apple and Google have partnered to create a COVID-19 exposure notification technology that works on both iPhone and Android smartphones. This technology is slowly being adopted around the world, and today Scotland announced a new app with COVID-19 contact tracing API.
The Protect Scotland app was developed by NHS Scotland and it’s based on the Exposure Notification API developed by Apple and Google, which allows public health authorities to offer apps that can alert users when they have been exposed to COVID-19.
Apple and Google technology uses Bluetooth connection to anonymously identify if a user was close to another person who tested positive for COVID-19. Patients who test positive for COVID-19 will receive a unique token with the test result, which can be inserted in the Protect Scotland app.
The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus and can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed. It will do the same for others if you test positive while keeping your information private and anonymous.
Here’s a video demonstrating in detail how the app works: