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Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology

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A tracing contact brigade in France advises by telephone people who have been around a coronavirus patient.

European nations are considering, or have opted for, smartphone contact-tracing technology developed by Apple and Google.

Credit: Florent Moreau/Maxppp/Zuma Press

European nations including Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands are considering or have opted for technology developed by Apple and Google for smartphone contact-tracing applications to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

The Apple/Google system is designed for phones running Bluetooth, which emit a unique, frequently changing identification number and record the ID numbers of any phone in proximity for more than a few minutes.

In this decentralized model, an infected person's phone uploads data on all of the ID numbers it has broadcast over a set time period to a temporary server; other phones then check the server to see if any of the IDs are among those they recorded, and alert the user if a match is detected.

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