Arogya Setu wristbands to monitor COVID-19 patients’ movemen
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The Centre is preparing to procure thousands of wristbands which will be embedded with its Arogya Setu app to monitor movements of patients in both hospital and house quarantine, and also help frontline workers take adequate care when they visit houses for a screening of patients.

As the emphasis is on home quarantine, wristbands will help in remote monitoring, help health professionals know people’s temperature and symptoms. The numbers are going to be significant as more and more people will be asked to self-isolate, an official said. Technical bids for the wristbands closed on Monday, and now the PSU, along with senior government officials, is reviewing the designs.

Online meetings have been set up with company heads to discuss the 'proof of concept,' of the design, an official said.

“Several states have told us how they are using a lot of manpower and resources to track movements... This will be helpful to frontline workers to monitor patients’ health and also be warned when they enter risk zones,” he added. The wristbands could be priced at around 2,200 a piece, which could be less if the demands go down.

Maharashtra and Karnataka already have a home quarantine tracking system, while Kerala uses GPS solutions extensively.

According to the technical document, the tool will also “detect, prevent and investigate threats to national security using CDR, IPDR, Tower, Mobile Phone Forensics Data, and Open Street Maps, Google Maps and Offline Maps without internet”. The band would monitor “everyday behavior of the person, including where s/he orders food from and the places s/he regularly visits, the multiple routes s/he could take”.

Broadcast Engineering Consultants India will pitch the designs to AIIMS and other government hospitals this week and then to state governments. BECIL will look at the commercial aspect of procuring technology the government needs and is working with Bengaluru and Gurgaon-based startups on designing the tool.

Several countries have ramped up their surveillance to keep track of COVID-19 patients. Taiwan has a mobile phone-based ‘electronic fence’ that uses location-tracking technology, while Hong Kong had mandated an electronic wristband on infected people to keep them quarantined.

Experts, however, have also raised serious questions about privacy and civil liberties with the use of these tools.

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