Today, the UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) released a free mobile social distancing app in the Apple Appstore and the Google Play Store.
1point5 is a free mobile application which was co-created with the LTO Network. The tech-tool aims to build awareness of the requirements for social distancing. It measures the proximity of mobile phones and other devices by using their Bluetooth RSSI signal.
1point5 will measure distance to other phones and devices as long as the Bluetooth of those phones is turned on. Those other phones do not need to have the app installed for the app to detect their presence. Users can disable the alert from known devices around them.
Maurizio Maria Gazzola, Head of the UNTIL Global Programme explained: “Social distancing saves lives. And the 1point5 app is a clever piece of technology that helps and educates people about what a safe distance is. UNTIL’s vision is to #MakeTechInclusive and to demonstrate how brilliant technologists could quickly address pivotal issues with ensuring strictest privacy standards.”
The social distancing app was built free of charge and as an open-source solution. 1point5, which is free for end users, will not collect any personally identifiable information and is not a medical app nor a COVID-19 app.
UNTIL’s and LTO Network’s approach responds to the significant calls to join forces with the private sector, tech-companies, developers, and like-minded companies to find solutions and tackle current and future crises. This effort is a clear example of putting the force of technology for a common cause and to #MakeTechInclusive.
Find the app online:
Apple Appstore: https://apps.apple.com/nl/app/un-1point5/id1510595189?l=en
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=app.onepointfive&hl=en
Twitter: https://twitter.com/1point5App (Hashtag: #1point5app)
Developers: You can help us!
We are looking for developers and experts to improve the code which is released as open-source. Find out more about the free app on GitHub and the 1point5 website. As a global digital community, we can work together to #MakeTechInclusive.
United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL)
Recognizing that innovation plays a critical role in moving the United Nations forward and acknowledging that the United Nations’ ability to innovate and engage in partnerships will be a significant factor in the efforts to successfully implement the United Nations mandates, the UNTIL Lab programme is designed to support the journey to review, build, adopt and implement technology solutions to address problems that Member States are facing.
UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) is a programme of the United Nations currently spearheaded by the Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT) and maintains operational labs in Egypt, Finland, India and Malaysia. UNTIL labs are designed to move humanity forward, faster by focusing on the use of innovative technology to solve some of humanity's most pressing needs.
UNTIL mission statement is “Leveraging emerging technology to transform societies, nations and humanity as a whole.”
LTO Network, with a wide expertise in blockchain infrastructure, has a mission to create and maintain fully decentralized and highly efficient blockchain infrastructure, directly applicable and aimed at creating value for organizations. LTO Network's core belief is that technology has to be open source to move forward.
The 1point5 app aims to provide objective information, it does not aim to provide health information or health advice. It also does not collect or store any personal data. The 1point5 app only scans for Bluetooth signals, which are per definition public information.
The app in detail > https://onepointfive.app
"The advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including those brought on by a combination of computing power, robotics, big data and artificial intelligence, are generating revolutions in health care, transport and manufacturing.
I am convinced that these new capacities can help us to lift millions of people out of poverty, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and enable developing countries to leap‑frog into a better future."
23 March 2018, New York