September 27, 2020
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Leading British newspaper lavishes praise on Waterford-made Covid Tracker app

One of the UK’s leading newspaper and media brands has lavished praise on the Waterford-made Covid-19 Tracker app.

In a glowing review of the app, the product of  innovative Tramore-based company NearForm, The Guardian describes it as “a shiny success: a Covid-19 contact-tracing app that is popular and appears to work”.

Since it launched on July 6, the Covid Tracker app was downloaded 1.3 million times in eight days – the fastest-downloaded app per capita in Europe. The app has also started to pick up cases of infection.

NearForm made a similar app for Gibraltar, which launched last month, and one for Northern Ireland, which is due to launch within weeks.

The Guardian notes: “Ireland has made a tool against the pandemic not only for Ireland but for part of the UK and for a British overseas territory – while Britain flounders in its own attempt to produce an app.”

The UK newspaper added that the app, and Ireland’s overall response to the pandemic, suggests our health system, “plagued in normal times by bloated management, turf battles and duplication, can do well in a crisis”.

NearForm, headed up by founder and CEO Cian O’Maidin, employs around 150 people at its headquarters in Tramore, but has a strong international pedigree, with developers scattered across 21 countries.

The company’s clients include Condé Nast, Intel and Microsoft.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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