COVID-19 : Nigerian Firm Develops Rapid Trade, Makes History.
A Nigeria firm, Cadnetwork Enterprises, has developed an innovative mobile app to combat the highly contagious Corona virus, also known as COVID-19. The app, christened Rapid Trace, is designed to help conduct contact tracing and other preventive measures against the virus, including social distancing enforcement, crowd control, self testing and isolation.
Rapid Trace, which, which will effectively take over the manual processes involved in the battle against COVID-19, is only available on Android devices and can be downloaded from www.rapidtrace.com.ng.
Strategic Consultant for Cadnetwork Enterprises, Darlington Onyeagoro, strategy consultant, Rapid Trace, disclosed that the launch of the mobile app became necessary given that technology has become a common denominator in managing and mitigating the impact of the pandemic, restoring livelihoods and tackling similar challenges in the future.
“Presently, our nation has employed a manual means of contact tracing by asking about travel history. But with the Rapid Trace app, contact tracing will be enhanced with the use of GPS and bluetooth technology. The app automatically pairs with another that is in close proximity (within 2 metres to it via blue tooth. This makes contact tracing easy as people that were in close proximity with a sick person in the last 14 days are notified to quarantine themselves and go for testing.”
Onyeagoro explains that the app helps in maintaining social distancing with the use of in-app proximity srnsor technology which blips automatically when the user of the app is within the 2-metre minimum distancing radius. The technology also helps the user to receive relevant information about whether or not any particular area is crowded.
“Enforcing social distancing this superb feature is enabled by the use of in-app proximity sensor technology. It automatically beeps when 2 users of the app are less than the required 2m apart. Also crowd control feature enables the user to know when areas are crowded by alerting the user. This functions using the heat map technology. Thanks to Google, we can get real time heat maps of different locations like Supermarkets, Malls, Theaters, Churches, Gyms, Parks etc. It is designed to remind users of the need to take the daily self-test to determine status, wear a face mask as they leave their homes, wash their hands frequently and use alcohol based sanitizers, avoid touching their face, nose, mouth, eye etc; avoid crowded places,” he added.
Remarkably, in addition to offering its users the immediacy of responding to relevant questions for kids, the aged and illiterate family members, Rapid Trace app also offers self-test opportunity to users on a daily basis.
“Citizens will have to scan the QR codes of public places like eateries, supermarkets, theaters, malls, etc, and also display their own QR code before they are granted access to public places. The Public QR codes allow us to quickly piece together where an infected person has visited for possible decontamination while the bluetooth data will tell us who they have been in contact with in the last 14 days.” Onyeagoro, stated.