IT companies help to fight pandemic with technology
Many Vietnamese companies have developed IT applications for COVID-19 prevention and control and online learning during the pandemic.
Bkav Electronic Joint Stock Company developed the Bluezone application to warn smartphone coming in close contact with diagnosed COVID-19 patients.(Photo: VNA)
Since early 2020, the Quang Trung Software City has been using an automatic body temperature measurement system it installed at TMA Building and Building 1.
It warns using sound and images when someone walks in with a fever of 37.5 degree Celsius or more.
It said the system should be used at all buildings and quarantine areas in place of people carrying digital thermometers to reduce the risk of transmission.
QTSC has also developed a system for face identification, which sets off an alarm if someone not wearing a mask enters a building.
QTSC has integrated the functions of face identification and temperature measurement in a system it installs for a rent of 3.5 million VND (151 USD) monthly or sells at 35-70 million VND (1,511- 3,023 USD).
Bkav Electronic Joint Stock Company developed the Bluezone application to warn smartphone coming in close contact with diagnosed COVID-19 patients. The app has been downloaded by 27 million people, according to Ministry of Health.
The company is collaborating with relevant agencies in the healthcare sector to constantly update information about the location of COVID-19 patients or those suspected to be infected and those from disease-hit areas with symptoms like fever, cough and breathing difficulties.
It also provides the addresses and phone numbers of the nearest health facilities and offers counselling on the disease and health declaration requirements.
The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Information and Communications and IT companies have jointly developed an NCOVI application for health declaration.
VNPT also developed an e-learning app used during the COVID-19 outbreaks that helps teachers digitise their syllabus, set up electronic lesson plans, track students’ learning, know their attendance, and test them.
It automatically shows what is wrong when students do tests.
Besides, parents can get their children’s learning history to supervise.
Other companies such as FPT and Viettel have also developed e-learning apps.
According to Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung, 38 Vietnamese-made digital platforms including NCOVI, Bluezone and e-learning and telemedicine ones have been used.
The country is probably among the ones with the highest number of digital platforms in the world, he added./.VNS
After community cases of Covid-19 infection appeared in Vietnam on January 28, many people have downloaded and used the Bluezone application.