The reception in Germany of a mobile application designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus by means of anonymous contact tracking is extremely favorable. The largest EU economy decided in April to build its own application on technology jointly developed by Google and Apple instead of a centralized solution, which was also developed by two German technology giants, SAP and Deutsche Telekom. This is partly due to the fact that the app Corona-Warn was downloaded six and a half million times in the 24 hours following its release.
Germany has joined several EU countries, including Poland, Italy and Latvia, such as Apple and Google. the mobile application used to control COVID-19 infection was built on the contact tracking platform. Although the two U.S. multi-solutions were hit by a number of attacks at the start of development, primarily challenging inadequate protection of the private sphere, in April, Germany eventually squandered behind the centralized model.
However, to make the contact tracking app to actually achieve its goal, even in Germany, it needs to gather a significantly larger active user base, experts call attention. According to a survey, 42% of the population in Germany would install such an app, while 46% would not and 8% would not have a smartphone, making the use of the technology unavailable to them. However, developers seem to have confidence in the platform, at least as evidenced by the huge € 20 million budget for building the application.
The development of coronavirus contact tracking apps is not just part of preparing for the inevitable second wave, according to experts. it can also play a key role during the tourist season. The EU leadership has already taken steps to ensure that apps developed by member states on the same platform can work together within a certain framework, thus preventing the virus from spreading internationally.
Gellert is Technology Editor at Counting News Media and contributor at other major tech publications. Her interests includes testing new gadgets and reading.