Aarogya Setu App is developed by the National Informatics Centre. This is a part of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It is a Bluetooth-based COVID-19 tracker launched by the Government of India. The aim of the Aarogya Setu App is to augment the initiatives of the Government of India. This includes particularly the Department of Health, proactively reaching out to and informing the users of the app regarding the risks, and the best practices COVID-19.
The app reached 100 million installs in 40 days. On 26 May, amid growing privacy and security concerns, the source code of the app was made public. This app also determines whether the location belongs to one of the infected areas based on the data available. NITI Aayog CEO also revealed that this app has identified more than 3,000 hotspots in 4-18 days ahead of time.
Benefits of using Aarogya Setu app
Aarogya Setu App is available on both the platforms- Android and iOS. The app is available in 11 languages – English, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Punjabi, Bengali, Oriya, Gujarati, and Marathi. The app is expected to be available in more Indian languages soon. The benefits of using Aarogya Setu App are mentioned below:
1- The Aarogya Setu App works on Bluetooth-based technology and tries to determine risk based on the user’s location.
2- The risk factor is also based on the data available for that particular location.
3- It keeps the user informed in case he/she has crossed paths with the positive COVID-19 case within 6-feet proximity.
4- The app recommends several measures to the user such as Self Assessment Test, Social distancing, do’s, and don’ts, amid COVID-19.
5- The Aarogya Setu App also informs the user about the precautionary measures, and how to maintain social distancing in the times of the global pandemic.
6- As per the statement by PMO, the app could also be an e-pass facilitating travel from one place to another.
7- In case, a user is at high risk, the app will advise him/her to go for a test at a nearby testing center and call the toll-free number 1075 immediately.
8- The users can also find the helpline numbers for each state in India.
How this App Reached More Than 10 Crore Downloads?
The Aarogya Setu app has crossed the mark of 10 crore registered users in 41 days since its launch on April 2. Projected as the ultimate solution for contact tracing, the app has been in the eyes of critics due to privacy concerns. This app has also gained enormous popularity in India.
By crossing the mark of 10 crore users, this app has become one of the fastest-growing apps worldwide. However, gaining that success was not as difficult for the Aarogya Setu team. The government has made it compulsory for everyone to have this app installed on their phones.
The Noida police recently started enforcing the use of this app as well. All this has played an important role in growing its usage. The government officials confirmed that the app has generated information about 697 hotspots in India. The railways has made it mandatory for travelers to download the app. Anybody availing the special train services need to have the app on their device. Even the air passengers may be asked to download the app.
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