Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Health Service Executive (HSE) Covid-19 Tracker app, which was developed by Tramore based NearForm, is set to be gifted by the Irish Government to the not-for-profit Linux Foundation.

The app, which has been lauded internationally and has had over 1.3 million downloads, will enable jurisdictions worldwide to quickly build and deploy their own contact tracing apps using a wildly successful proven base. The donated app has been named COVID Green.

The Linux Foundation is dedicated to building sustainable ecosystems around open source projects to accelerate technology development and industry adoption. LFPH is launching with a mission to use open source software to help public health authorities (PHAs) around the world combat Covid-19 and future epidemics.

A spokesperson for NearForm said today, “We are honoured to be part of such an important initiative and will play a key role as part of the Technical Steering Committee in continuing to manage the development and direction of COVID Green in the Linux Foundation. We will work closely with developers, designers, public health experts, academics and public health authorities in building a vibrant, diverse community to drive the project forward.”

NearForm is also in the process of doing contracts with authorities in Gibraltar, Northern Ireland and other jurisdictions across the world, including Asia and multiple US states. NearForm continues to enable public health authorities to get a contact tracing application into production within four weeks of project start.

By donating the source code to the new Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) project, under the Apache License 2.0, the HSE is playing an active role in helping to fight Covid-19 worldwide. Source code for the COVID Green mobile app is available now on GitHub and soon will be followed by all matching backend code.


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