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KOMMTRACE, a contact tracing solution for Covid

KOMMTRACE, a contact tracing solution for Covid has been specially designed to answers to the questions in the wake of the Covid on the continent. A pilot has been launched in Rwanda, and will be submitted to Its member state across Africa. 

 

By DBM, in Kigali  

 

It doesn’t require the use of feature phone or internet, not even a need of charging, in the form of a TAG barely bigger than an ID, KOMMTRACE is easy, simple and smart. Developed by Kommlabs Pte Ltd, specialised in urban mobility in Africa, the solution has been designed to address the issue raised by the Covid pandemic across the continent, but also the questions of the costs and environment.

 

” We looked at the shortcomings of all the other solutions and designed a solution in Africa and suitable for Africa “

 

“App-based contact tracing has had known some limitations across the world for many reasons. For one, citizens are reluctant to download yet another app and are very concerned about their privacy. Apps can also be switched off or disabled and do not provide any effective level of contact tracing. Also, Apps are not suitable for developing countries where a large part of the population uses a feature phone or doesn’t own a phone.” Said  Karanvir Singh, CEO of Kommlabs Pte Ltd.

As the result, they have leveraged 25 years of experience of providing large scale solutions to Governments to come up with a Patent Pending solution for the fight against Covid-19, and by pre-defining the key considerations for its solution.

“Before developing KOMMTRACE, we looked at the shortcomings of all the other solutions and   designed a solution in Africa and suitable for Africa. Key considerations for KOMMTRACE were: Must require no additional infrastructure, be easy and quick to deploy, require no maintenance, not even the need for charging, require no user training, ensure complete privacy. The  KOMMTRACE Tag is the size of an ID Card and can be comfortably worn around the neck. The Tag does not need to be switched ON or OFF or charged, making it very easy to use by citizens of all ages.”

 

“A pilot project in Africa will make this solution bullet-proofed to local realities”

 

Garantir Singh, CEO of Kommlabs & Lassina Koné, general secretary of Smart Africa-DR

 

Furthermore, Each KOMMTRACE Tag possesses an anonymous and unique ID and does not store any personal or location information whatsoever. When two Tags come in close contact, they store each other’s anonymous IDs. The data can only be downloaded by physically accessing the Tag by an authorised Government representative, only when a person has tested ‘positive’ for Covid-19. The data downloaded from the Tag is then used to inform those who may have been in close contact to watch for symptoms, self-isolate or come in for testing.

And the CEO to add, “Countries leading the fight against Covid-19 like Singapore and New Zealand have conducted in-depth research and have found that a wearable device is the preferred solution. Both countries intend to distribute Tags to their entire population and their citizens have praised the solution for being convenient, non-invasive and hassle-free. A pilot project in Africa will make this solution bullet-proofed to local realities.”

 

A solution supported by Smart Africa

 

A solution supported by Smart Africa, a pan African organisation intended to be a catalyst for ”  ICT’s innovation on the continent, ICT’s meant to be an accelerator of socio-economic development.

 

“We have seen countries spending significant financial resources on testing, but often with a test positivity rate of less than 5%, it is clear that money can be saved by testing the right people through accurate Contact Tracing”, noted Lacina Koné, Director General-Smart Africa.”As the entire world is looking for all means possible to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, we believe that KOMMTRACE is an invaluable asset, that will allow countries to safely re-open, and help contain the virus by rapidly identifying the right people for testing.”

 

“Even though vaccines may become available in the coming months, we are far from the end of the pandemic, and must continue to use all innovative technological tools “

 

“This will reduce the burden on the healthcare system, while allowing our populations to go back to living and working. That’s why we are delighted to have partnered with Kommlabs Pte Ltd and are ready to launch a pilot of the KOMMTRACE”,he said, “Even though vaccines may become available in the coming months, we are far from the end of the pandemic, and must continue to use all innovative technological tools at hand.”

 

The organisation changes, firstly with its 9 state members, to deploy solution on a continental scale.

 

For more information : www.kommtrace.com

 

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