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South Africa launches mobile tracking to find where coronavirus may have spread

ByCindy J. Daddario

Apr 2, 2020

Telkom has announced a new partnership with Samsung and the government to develop a new tracking and tracing solution to identify people who may have contracted Covid-19.

The tracking and traceability system is developed in collaboration with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and takes into account the unique circumstances of South Africa which include inequality high income, poverty and overpopulation, the group mentioned.

“The tracking and traceability system brings together several data sources such as GIS (geographic information system mapping) to track the exposure of an infected person to whom they may have been exposed to the virus without knowing it” , did he declare.

“This reduces the current reliance of the patient’s own memories on people he may have unknowingly exposed and allows the CSIR to contact people who were close to the patient. “

In some communities, the Department of Health will use trackers to trace primary contacts and screen for secondary contacts. Telkom has partnered with Samsung to distribute 1,500 handsets to trackers across the country.

The system will integrate information collected by trackers, Telkom said.

“At Telkom, we are deeply concerned about what the spread of this pandemic may mean for ordinary South Africans and for the already overburdened healthcare sector.

“We are privileged to be able to contribute to this solution which, in our opinion, will help to significantly contain the spread of new infections,” said Sipho Maseko, CEO of the Telkom group.


Telkom’s announcement comes after Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams released regulations that require network operators to provide location data to help the government track the spread of the Covid-coronavirus. 19.

“The industry has collectively agreed to provide data analysis services to help the government,” Ndabeni-Abrahams said.

“This was to help inform the health ministry with estimates of the number of people infected in a particular area and to“ examine those affected, ”Ndabeni-Abrahams said.

Vodacom said MyBroadband that his understanding of the Minister’s request for information on data is for high-level aggregate data on how people are moving to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

“It does not include personal information or information that identifies a specific person,” Vodacom said.

“Aggregated information should make it possible to see how the population as a whole is evolving and does not include any personalized records or even any individual records. “

These data would show how many people have moved from one region to another over a relatively long period. An area is also a fairly large geographic region – at best the footprint of a base station.

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