Wearable contact tracing device?

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Do you still remember the contact tracing app, TraceTogether?

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To refresh your memory, TraceTogether was launched to boost contact tracing efforts in Singapore. The app sends out Bluetooth signals to each other when in close proximity.

It will be easier when the authorities have to conduct contact tracing for users who test positive for COVID-19.

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However, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said that the app “does not work equally well across all smartphones”.  Apple’s devices suspend Bluetooth scanning when the app is running in the background.

Hence, the Government has decided not to make it compulsory for everyone to download the app.

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TraceTogether tokens

To tackle this issue, the Government will distribute the first batch of TraceTogether tokens in the second half of June.

Dr Balakrishnan said, “I believe this will be more inclusive, and it will ensure that all of us will be protected.”

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Since we are in the post-Circuit Breaker, it is more important for us to conduct quick and accurate contact tracing. So we can faster establish the identity of close contacts.

The tokens will operate and function “exactly the same way” as the TraceTogether app, thus smartphones will not be needed. Similar to the TraceTogether app, the device only captures Bluetooth proximity data.

TraceTogether identifies people in close contact with a coronavirus patient via wireless Bluetooth technology.

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Not a tracking device

Dr Balakrishnan emphasised that “It is not an electronic tag. There is no GPS chip on the device. There isn’t even any Internet or mobile telephone connectivity.”

Encrypted data will be automatically deleted after 25 days.

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Data confidentiality

If you’re worried about data confidentiality, fret not! Dr Balakrishnan reassured that your personal data will strictly be used for contact tracing. Only a small group of authorised officers in MOH can access the information.

Let’s all cooperate and work together to keep the number of community cases low! We can all do our part by taking care of ourselves.

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