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IIT Bombay Developed Two Apps to Monitor Persons under Coronavirus Quarantine

Current Context: IIT-B has developed two apps namely CORONTINE and SAFE, to monitor and track the person who are asked to quarantine themselves at their homes in order to control the spread of COVID-19.
IIT Bombay Developed Two Apps to Monitor Persons under Coronavirus Quarantine

  • The apps are embodied with GPS data and geofencing to alert the authorities of users breaching preset virtual geographical boundaries.
  • Since the outbreak of coronavirus, there’s been lockdown declared and hence the civic bodies are asked to stay home quarantine adhere to the restrictions on their movement. Therefore. IIT-B has developed these apps.
  • CORONTINE app: The app uses GPS enabled geofencing, which creates virtual geographic boundaries. That is when the user of the app, cross the preset or desired geographical boundary, the app alerts the assigned authorities. This is developed with a view that COVID-19 does not spread from the person to a large geographical extent of the area.
  • SAFE app: The app was actually being used by IIT-B students to mark their attendance at their institute. But, now it’s being modified so that it can be used to check quarantined individuals. Users of this app are asked to take photos of themselves periodically using the app and upload it. Then the app records the time and location data of the place and with the help of facial recognition software, it verifies the person uploading data. This then enables monitoring agencies to verify whether that person is staying within the quarantined zone boundaries.
  • Government of Maharashtra, Ministry of Human Resource Development and NITI Ayog have approached other cities of the country to adopt these apps to make their monitoring error-free.

Question:

Q.1 Which institute has developed a mobile app called “CORONTINE”?
a. IIT-Bombay
b. IIT- Kharagpur
c. IIT-Kanpur
d.IIT-Delhi
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