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COVID-19 contact tracing app launched by Raleigh tech firm

RALEIGH — A Raleigh tech firm is launching a contact tracing app to flatten the curve and prevent the community spread of COVID-19.

Meet Successive Technologies, a global consulting and IT services company with headquarters in Raleigh.

“We have built a contact tracing application to ensure our employees’ safety,” said Sid Pandey, the CEO of Successive Technologies, in a statement. “Our mission with the app is to track high-risk and asymptomatic people so that they can be tested for the disease on priority.”

COVID-19 contact tracing app launched by Raleigh tech firm

How it works: If two mobile phones connect to each other via Bluetooth, the app is triggered to record information about location, time, and participants involved in the interaction.

It also features on-boarding, self-assessment forms for the risk determination, COVID updates and navigation bar.

“We are focusing on making it as user-friendly as possible since this app requires a high degree of uptake to be successful,” said Mark Bavisotto, Head of North America’s Business Unit for Successive Technologies.

He added: “We have also kept data privacy and security in mind since this might be a concern for users.”

The identity of the person who has tested positive will not be disclosed. Those who have been in contact with an infected person will receive a notification on the app.

Successive plans to deploy the app within the organization and also collaborate with state and national health departments to take appropriate steps once they receive information about those who have come in contact with a COVID-positive person.

“We are confident that it will help countries control the disease as restrictions are eased. We hope that vaccines come up soon but until then, this app will help support health systems and control the pandemic,” said Bavisotto.

Original Article Source: WRAL TechWire