By Douglas Busvine BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Commission stated on Friday it had in fact signed a contract for SAP and Deutsche Telekom to construct a software application platform that would enable nationwide coronavirus contact tracing apps to ‘talk’ to each other.The hope is
that producing the gateway would assist slow the spread of COVID-19 by making it possible to log encounters in between people while they are travelling abroad and provide push cautions ought to one of them be infected.Such a’ wandering
‘ function would be an add-on to the Bluetooth-based mobile phone tracker apps, which now just work within across the country borders, with the goal of making it much safer to bring back travel and tourism.The European
Commission signed the contract with SAP and Deutsche Telekom’s IT services system T-Systems to build the platform for cross-border exchange of direct exposure signals, the 3 said in a joint declaration. Details on more actions will follow soon.It needs to be possible to introduce a pilot version of the gateway in 3 to 4 weeks, Commission spokesman Johannes Bahrke added.The two companies, designers of Germany’s Corona-Warn-App which has been downloaded 16 million times, proposed producing the gateway in June, when EU member states settled on a structure to make the apps interoperable.Nine EU states -Austria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland
, Italy, Latvia and Poland- have actually launched apps based upon an innovation standard established by Alphabet’s Google and Apple.Another 9 nations plan equivalent apps that will utilize this” decentralised” design, where phones that
go into close contact share random identifiers and receive risk alerts if a contact later tests favorable for COVID-19. The normal style suggests these apps are compatible and could quickly be plugged into the entrance. Specialists say it will be more tough
to attach the French and Hungarian apps, which conserve information on main servers.( Reporting by Douglas Busvine; modifying by Thomas Seythal, Kirsten Donovan).