India: IIT-Bombay proposes two mobile apps to enforce quarantine


The computer science department at IIT-Bombay has sent two proposals for mobile applications that can track quarantine violators to a variety of Indian public authorities including officials in the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, the Maharashtra state government, and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. The first, Corentine, is intended to geofence suspects and asymptomatic carriers, and Safe, which was previously used by IIT-Bombay students to register classroom attendance, monitors those quarantined at home for violations. Corantine periodically sends the phone's GPS coordinates to a server run by an authorised agency; Safe periodically asks users to take a selfie, which it checks with a face-matching tool and tags with time and geographical location, all of which the authorised agency can check.


Writer: Abha Goradia
Publication: The Indian Express