Global Deployment Mappings and Challenges of Contact-tracing Apps for COVID-19
7 Pages Posted: 26 May 2020
Date Written: May 24, 2020
To address the massive spike in uncertainties triggered by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), there is an ever-increasing number of national governments that are rolling out contact-tracing Apps to aid the containment of the virus. The first hugely contentious issue facing the Apps is the deployment framework, i.e. centralised or decentralised. Based on this, the debate branches out to the corresponding technologies that underpin these architectures, i.e. GPS, QR codes, and Bluetooth. This work conducts a pioneering review of the above scenarios and contributes a geolocation mapping of the current deployment. The Apps’ vulnerabilities and the directions of research are identified, with a special focus on the Bluetooth-inspired decentralised paradigm.
Keywords: application security, contact tracing app, coronavirus, COVID-19, decentralised, health informatics, mHealth
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