Michigan company develops coronavirus tracking app

BLOOMFIELD HILLS—A new tracking app developed by a subsidiary of Bloomfield Hills-based V2Soft, a software, staffing, service, and outsourcing company, announced a new app that keeps records of the contacts of users, which could be used in managing coronavirus exposure through contact tracing.

The app, “ViralTrak,” follows the interaction of app members in their vicinity from the time of download. It was developed by V2Soft subsidiary Sqwirrel LLC.

“We first announced our solution on March 30,” according to Varchasvi Shankar, president and CEO. “I was able to give an in-depth overview of the app in a featured segment on WXYZ Channel 7, an ABC local affiliate, on April 8. If any app members test positive, they simply press a button in the app. All app members who have been in the CDC recommended distance of the positive member in the past 14-day period would be notified of possible exposure.”

The mobile app uses phone location tracking technology to identify which members have been within the CDC recommended parameters of the self-reported positive members over a 14-day period. It identifies primary and secondary exposure. This can be used within companies, schools, cities, counties or states. ViralTrak will not collect any personal information to maintain security around privacy.

According to Arun Shanbhag, vice president of global delivery, “This app went from ideation to fully functioning app in just a couple of weeks using our technology framework and solutions. We are currently working to develop additional use cases for corporations and general users to implement within their facilities. These features will be available after we launch our first version.”

Marketing Director Ray Drzala added: “Downloading this app helps companies, schools and the public stay informed about their risk of exposure and help scientists globally learn more about exposure, as well as why and where hot zones are forming. This virus spreads fast, and cases are continuously multiplying. The more information we provide to the public and our scientists will help plan for current and future outbreaks.”

The app is in the testing phase and will be available for download on Apple and Android next week. “This app can save lives and aid significantly in business continuity to identify exposed individuals within companies using our integrated technology solution,” Shankar said.

To view the media interview on the app, click here.  There is also an introduction video on YouTube.

For more information go to www.v2soft.com or email info@v2soft.com. V2Soft is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (NMSSDC.org).

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