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Covid19 Open Source initiative

Keeping track of subjects under mandatory quarantine is a complex task. There is just not enough resources to certify that every individual is compliant and a single rogue individual can spread the virus in a way that can spiral out of control. Take Korea’s patient 31 as an example, a super spreader that caused a successful, globally appraised, strategy to fail.

The intuitive approach is to keep track of an individual location and automatically launch an alert to the control team This is Korea’s approach and has been successful. They legally prohibit subjects from leaving their home, track their cellphones and a case oficial checks on them 2 times a day.

But it might be a little more difficult to implement when individuals are actively trying to escape the quarantine and trying to devise ways to trick the system, something we foresee in less compliant cultures. A drug addict (or any individual with high enough motivation to leave) would wait for the oficial to call him to leave the house without the phone and get his fix.

Astropay webapp screenshot

Another big issue is that every government is developing their own, quite similar solution, and no other collaborative efforts have been established (that we are aware of), everyone is starting from scratch.

This is why we designed BienAcá, an open source solution, that enables any country or organization, to create their own solution out of this codebase. And that includes strategies to actively discourage the rogue subjects with little to non extra effort from the control mechanisms.

Using the fingerprint scanner we introduce biometrics checks to the standard solution, to ensure the subject, and not somebody else, is with the device. But that’s not enough, we introduce randomness to prevent the user to figure out, and play, the system.

How does it work?

  1. An app is installed in the subject mobile phone. This app sends location information to a central system.
  2. If there is no contact with the device (the device loses connectivity, is turned off, etc) or the device leaves the designated area a pre alert is sent to the subject asking to solve the issue
  3. If the cause of the pre alert is not solved, (return to area, connect to internet, etc..) the system notifies the control center for them to deal with the incident by calling the subject or whatever action they see fit.
  4. Several times a day, randomly, the app requires the user to identify himself using the fingerprint scanner. If the user fails to do so, an alert is sent to the control center.

Check out the repository :

Astropay webapp screenshot
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