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NBI eyes Singapore-made app for contact tracing


The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is expressed interest in using Singapore’s TraceTogether mobile app to find persons who are suspected with the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19), said NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin on Monday (March 30).

“It is a cellphone app which hopefully help us conduct contact tracing,” said Lavin.

The NBI spokesman revealed that talks already started last week with Singapore after the Department of Health (DOH) sought help in doing contact tracing.

“We are coordinating with Singapore counterparts,” he said.

Lavin added that Singapore government has expressed willingness to share the TraceTogether app for free.

The Singapore government explained in its website that the app uses Bluetooth on the mobile phone and “identifies other nearby phones with the app installed.”

“It then tracks when you are in close proximity with these other persons, including timestamps,” it said.

The Singapore government pointed out “this information can then be used to identify close contacts based on the proximity and duration of an encounter between the two users.”

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