Sept 14 (Reuters) - Several European countries have started
testing a technology platform that will allow national
coronavirus tracing apps to 'talk' to one another to better
tackle the pandemic, the European Commission said on Monday.
The Commission has kicked off test runs between the servers
that support the apps created by the Czech Republic, Denmark,
Germany, Ireland, Italy and Latvia - whose apps share a similar
design - and a new gateway to exchange data between them.
"Many member states have implemented national contact
tracing and warning applications. It is now time to make them
interact with each other," Commissioner Thierry Breton said in a
"Travel and personal exchange are the core of the European
project and the Single Market. The gateway will facilitate this
in these times of pandemic and will save lives.
The gateway, built by a partnership between Germany's SAP
and Deutsche Telekom, would make it
possible to log encounters between people while they are
travelling abroad and issue push warnings should one of them be
Such a 'roaming' function would be an add-on to the
Bluetooth-based smartphone tracker apps, which now only work
within national borders, with the goal of making it safer to
revive travel and tourism.
(Reporting by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Mark Potter)