The new app is part of the UK's National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace service Test and Trace programme and is being overseen by Indian-origin techie Randeep Sidhu as Head of Product.
The UK's new UK COVID-19 tracing app works on a the principle of Bluetooth handshakes - alerting people if they've been near someone who has subsequently tested positive and if they need to self-isolate.
The privacy-centric, decentralised system of the Apple-Google model contrasts with the centralised approach Britain had used before, and the app's launch follows a pivot towards a more local approach for test and trace.
The DHSC said its fresh attempt uses the latest security technology designed with user privacy in mind.
"We've worked with tech companies, worldwide partners, privacy and medical experts to develop an app that is simple to use, secure and will help keep the country safe", commented UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock.
"It really is critical we get the region shifting all over again so people can get again to carrying out what they adore".
The application comes with a array of enhanced functions aimed at reducing own and general public risk from Covid-19, which includes an inform process permitting customers know the amount of coronavirus hazard in their postcode district, a QR code verify-in choice to alert end users if they have recently visited a venue exactly where they might have appear into speak to with an individual who later checks positive with COVID-19 and a indicators tracker. "Our stats exhibit extra folks with signs are obtaining examined and NHS Take a look at and Trace reaches the large majority of people tests favourable, and their contacts", he mentioned.
"The app should enable us to return to more normal daily activities with the reassurance that our contacts can be rapidly and anonymously notified if we get infected", he added.
Despite initial hype, officials have warned that contact tracing apps are not a "silver bullet" for coronavirus but could support the NHS Test and Trace effort. This means the service can reach more people and further prevent the spread of the virus.
Test: helping users book a free test through the app and get results quickly to know whether they have COVID-19. If a user is told to self-isolate, a timer feature will help count down that period.
"The NHS Test and Trace programme is vital to controlling the spread of coronavirus and this app is created to give people maximum freedom at minimum risk".
It is repeating the experience of the first iteration with a trial on the Isle of Wight, while also using it with some NHS volunteer responders across England.
The app is created to the highest standards of data privacy and data security.
The designers behind the app stress that it is created to the "highest standards of data privacy and data security" and will not track individuals or hold personal information such as name, address or date of birth. For some features, the app may require more information from the user (e.g. if you are booking a test) but only if the user gives their explicit consent.