Geo fencing app developed to track quarantine violators

Geo fencing app developed to track quarantine violators

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Geo fencing app developed to track quarantine violators

What is Geo fencing app?

  • Geo-fencing app developed by the government to trigger emails and SMS alerts to an authorised government agency

Why?

  • If a person escaped from quarantine  or  from isolation

How they track?

  • Based on the person’s mobile phone’s cell tower location.

Note: Two other states also developed this type of apps Maharashtra(mahakavach), Gujarat (Gps based app)

Important Highlights:

  • The Centre under the Indian Telegraph Act 1885, uses powers to “fetch information” from telecom companies every 15 minutes to track COVID-19 quarantine violators across the country & is accurate by up to 300 m.
  • Under the provisions of Section 5 (2) of the Indian Telegraph Act of 1885, States have been asked to obtain the approval of their Home Secretaries and request the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) to provide information by email or SMS to specific mobile telephone numbers to “Geo-fencing” violation.
  • The DoT has recently shared a standard operating procedure (SOP) with all telecom service providers regarding the application called COVID-19 Quarantine Alert System (CQAS).
  • Kerala is one of the 1st states to use this CQAS which combines telephone data, including device location, into a common secure platform and alerts local agencies if COVID patients violate who are monitored or in isolation.
  • Geo-fencing works only if the quarantined person has a mobile phone from Airtel, Vodafone-Idea or Reliance Jio as it does not support “BSNL / MTNL” location based services as they are government owned.
  • he phone number will be removed from the system after the time of location tracking, and that the data would be deleted four weeks from now.

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