Covid tracker app developed by Waterford company racks up almost one million downloads
An innovative Waterford company developed the new Covid-18 Tracker app that has racked up almost one million downloads since it launched yesterday.
The app was developed by Tramore-based NearForm (pictured below) for the Health Services Executive (HSE), which is headed by co-founder Cian O’Maidin.
NearForm was founded in 2012 and was named overall ‘Business of the Year’ at the 2016 Waterford Business Awards.
The company’s Covid tracker cost €850,000 to develop and has been cleared for use on Apple and Android phones. Gardaí were involved in testing the app, as were researchers in Trinity College.
So far the new Covid-19 tracker app has been downloaded by almost 900,000 people since it went live yesterday.
The Department of Health and the Health Service Executive launched the app to help identify close contacts of people who test positive for the disease.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said of the app: “This is one more example of the solidarity and collective spirit that has characterised the Irish public’s response to Covid-19 to date.
“The app is an important tool to support our contact tracing systems. It has the potential to reduce the time that people are active in the community with infection, which will have a significant impact on the transmission of the disease.
“The more people who download and use this app, the more effective it will be. It is a further opportunity for us to play our part in the response to Covid-19.”
There has now been a total of 1,742 deaths related to the virus in Ireland and 25,538 confirmed cases. The number of cases in Waterford remains at just 158, or 1% of the overall national total.
The tracker app will facilitate contact tracing, symptom tracking and contain other information about the virus.
One of the ways by which the virus is tracked is by tracing close contacts of people who themselves test positive.
To download the app, log on to: https://covidtracker.gov.ie/