Six EU countries, including Germany and Italy, have started testing an infrastructure to connect their tracking applications against the spread of the new coronavirus to each other, the European Commission announced on Monday.
This “bridging” system should begin to operate effectively in October, once the testing phase is over, according to the European executive.
The Commission “kicked off tests conducted between the + back end + (background) servers of the official tracking applications of the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Latvia, with a server + gateway + newly established ”to ensure their interoperability, explained the institution in a statement.
In practice, this system “will allow applications to operate seamlessly even across borders”: with a single application, users will always be able to report a positive test or receive an alert even if they are traveling abroad.
The French “StopCovid” tracking application, set up by the government and which has had only very limited success, is not associated with the test phase of the project because of its architecture.
Anti-Covid applications likely to operate beyond the borders of a single country “can constitute powerful tools in the context of our efforts to stem the spread of Covid-19 (…) Used in a sufficiently broad way , they can help us to break the chains of transmission ”, underlined the Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides.
“Travel and personal exchanges are at the heart of the European project and of the single market. The + gateway + will simplify these trips and exchanges in these times of pandemic and will save lives, ”said European Commissioner Thierry Breton, responsible for the internal market.
The information exchanged between the applications via the gateway server “will be in a pseudonymized format, they will be encrypted, limited to the minimum required and kept only for the time necessary to ensure the tracing of infections”, assured the Commission.