Part of the future of SwissCovid is in Silicon Valley

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We will have to follow closely what is happening in the coming days between London and Silicon Valley. Because the mini-clash that occurred last week between the British authorities and Apple and Google will have consequences for SwissCovid. EPFL’s idea of ​​merging the contact tracing application with another system in order to make it more efficient is on hold.

Let us first take a look at what happened on the other side of the Channel. Like many countries, England and Wales offer a contact tracing application called NHS Covid-19. This app runs on a software basis (Exposure Notification API) provided by Apple and Google for phones running on iOS and Android, in order to make it more efficient. So far, nothing special.