How Technology is Helping the World Fight Against COVID-19
Posted by janebrewer on April 23rd, 2020
With the global pandemic at its peak now, there are a growing number of tech companies and IT pros who are functioning in a number of ways to help fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Let us quickly look at how these companies are fighting against all odds and putting the technology to work in order to battle against a common global enemy.
Twilio's Video platform is completely free for COVID-19 responders
The company said that it is offering three months of free use of Twilio Video Boost for those customers who are working in healthcare, education, and in the nonprofit sector fighting the pandemic. Those who want to take advantage will have to sign up before June 30.
The company, Twilio, has launched a Video Boost program that offers three months free usage of their Video product for new customers or existing customers with a new video need.
Those who are interested and meet the criteria and are interested in using Twilio should reach out to the company directly.
Apple and Google join hands to create COVID-19 contact tracing
The two biggest tech giants Apple and Google had announced that they are jointly working on technology to help trace and track the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. They will release APIs and OS-level technology allowing governments agencies and healthcare groups to alert users whenever they may have been exposed to the virus.
COVID-19 can be transmitted through close proximity to affected individuals, due to this many public health officials have identified contact tracing as a valuable tool that can help contain its spread on a much larger scale. There are a number of leading public health authorities, universities, and NGOs around the world who are involved in doing important work to develop opt-in contact tracing technology.
They are planning to launch this tech in two different phases. In the first phase which will be launched in May, they are planning to release APIs to enable interoperability between Android and iOS devices using apps that will be available in the companies' respective app stores.
MIT: Using bluetooth chips to help chase virus
The researchers and experts from MIT and other such institutions have come together to develop a system called PACT or Private Automatic Contact Tracing. This system will help public health officials track and trace COVID-19 while preserving privacy. This system relies on short-range Bluetooth signals emitted by smartphones, they represent random strings of numbers that nearby smartphones can receive and ‘remember.’
How will it work? Whenever, a person tests positive, they can upload the list of chirps their phone has put out in the past 14 days to a database. Once after that, other people can then scan the database to see if any of those chirps match the ones picked up by their phones. If the system finds a match, a notification will inform that person that they may have been exposed to the virus.
The random chirps in the system are designed to protect users' privacy.
Cortado is offering up free 50GB 'data rooms'
A Berlin-based company called Cortado is involved in providing enterprise mobility and file sharing solutions for businesses. They are offering free virtual data rooms for home offices and/or team collaboration efforts. They have a software called Teamplace which is for those who prefer to work in their home office and those who need a virtual room in which they can work and share documents.
You can create virtual workspaces very easily, without VPNs and share with colleagues, partners or customers. They have a cloud storage solution that is dedicated to teamwork and it offers Office 365 integration for editing documents, a comment function, file versioning, and an activity overview. The data is kept encrypted during transmission and securely stored on servers that are located in Germany.
WPI turns to 3D printing to create ventilators
The experts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. have been involved in developing designs that could be used with 3D printers to create ventilators from readily available manual, handheld, bag valve mask (BVM) resuscitators.
The researchers are making designs of multiple devices and their components publicly available so anyone with a 3D printer and a background in electronics and mechanical engineering can use them to produce ventilators for their local hospitals.
Google Cloud offers COVID-19 Public Datasets
Google has made public their own COVID-19 Public Datasets program which has been designed to make data easily available to researchers, data scientists and analysts. The program is expected to host a repository of public datasets that relate to the COVID-19 crisis and make them free to access and analyze.
Google will pay for storage of datasets in the program. BigQuery will provide free queries over certain COVID-related datasets to support the response to COVID-19. The queries on COVID datasets will not count against the BigQuery sandbox free tier.
IT companies have been extensively involved in developing such solutions which are helping governments and healthcare officials battle against this crisis. Even entrepreneurs are developing solutions like video conferencing softwares, education and learning software with the help of PHP or custom dot net development companies who can build robust softwares quickly and deploy them immediately at the time of this pandemic.Also See: Covid 19, Contact Tracing, Public Datasets, Video Boost, Covid, Free, Public
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