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Published 16.06.2020 06:18
In Norway, the authorities have suspended the contact-tracing app “Smittestopp” (“infection stop”) due to privacy concerns.
This technology was designed to collect the data of users movements and to ask at-rist users to isolate. It was launched in mid-April making Norway one of the first countries to introduce this kind of app in Europe. Two months later, in mid-June, Norway’s health authority ordered the deletion of…
Published 15.06.2020 10:49
In India, an automated parking app has partnered with some malls to monitor the entry of customers.
The Delhi-based start-up Park+ generates a mall pass on each client’s phone that must be used to check-in and check out. The app also tracks the body temperature of the customer.
Published 11.06.2020 14:03
Google Maps is updating Covid-19 transit alerts in several countries as of June.
Google is offering information about mandatory precautions in some areas such as wearing a mask or if a transit line is temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. Google launched this new service in June in some countries such as Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand,…
Published 08.06.2020 07:56
In the UK, Uber has launched Work Hub for drivers to find temporary work opportunities with other companies.
During the pandemic, Uber in the UK has partnered with companies that are currently offering work opportunities, such as Adecco, Hermes or Yodel, to show vacancies in other jobs. Uber drivers can visit the new section “Work Hub” in their Driver App.
Published 02.06.2020 06:03
In the US, The Center on Rural Innovation is mapping the rural areas in greater need due to the pandemic.
This social Enterprise partnered with AppliedXL and STAT to create a tool to identify the preparedness of rural US, such as the number of licensed hospital beds or the percentage of the population aged older than 65 years old.
Published 01.06.2020 18:10
In New Zealand, the Ministry of Health released a Tracer app to monitor people’s movements through a ‘digital diary’.
QR codes will be displayed at the entrance of business and public buildings. Users who download the app will provide a digital diary of the location they have visited  by scanning that QR codes. They must also provide their personal details to allow the National Close Contact Service to get…
Published 31.05.2020 14:11
In Spain, “Mi Qarta” app allows digitization of restaurant menus to avoid clients touching it.
This tool allows hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes or ice cream parlors to display their menu with a QR code. Spain has started a de-escalation in four phases that varies according to the positive cases in the regions. The terraces can serve customers in phase 1, while the restaurants will do…
Published 28.05.2020 12:01
In France, the National Assembly voted in favor of the release of contact-tracing app StopCovid.
The app passed the first vote in the lower house of the French parliament on May 27 after weeks of discussion due to privacy concerns. The app aims to trace people who have tested positive. It has been developed by private companies and it uses Bluetooth for contact-tracing but it…
Published 26.05.2020 18:30
India Observatory, an open-source database, launched a map tracking migrants movement in real time and facilities on their routes.
The platform, created by Forest Ecological Security (FES), offers information on transportation and healthcare facilities. It uses information from 55 organisations on the ground, mostly in rural areas. In India, the world’s second-most populous country, the lockdown triggered a mass exodus, forcing millions of rural workers to flee cities by…
Published 25.05.2020 15:10
In Somalia, iRise Hub, the first innovation Hub in Mogadishu, launched a two-day virtual innovation challenge to create solutions to combat Covid-19.
The hackathon was held on 21 and 22 April, calling for local ideas. Behind this initiative there is Mogadishu’s first tech community. Local partners include Watch Xared Clean Water Solution, a startup that filters and purifies water and provides it to low-income families at affordable prices.

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