Cisco, IBM, and VMware are among a handful of vendors partnering with the Linux Foundation on an initiative using open source technologies to help public health authorities in their fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and future health epidemics. Former Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) executive director Dan Kohn leads the new project.
The Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) initiative launches with a pair of hosted projects that are currently used as exposure notification platforms targeting COVID-19. The first is COVID Shield, which is being deployed in Canada, and the second is COVID Green, which is being used by Ireland’s Health Services Executive.
Ireland has donated the code for its contact tracing app to the Linux Foundation Public Health initiative as part of an attempt to suppress the coronavirus pandemic globally.
The Health Services Executive confirmed it had donated the code to the newly established foundation on Monday, as one of the first two open source projects to help fight Covid-19.
The Linux Foundation Public Health initiative has chosen the Covid Tracker Ireland app as one of its first two open-source Covid-19 projects.
Since its launch, more than 1.3m people have downloaded the Covid Tracker Ireland app, which was developed to help track the future spread of the coronavirus. Now, the app has been chosen as one of the first two open-source contact-tracing projects by the newly established Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) initiative.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he hopes Canadians will download a new app on their cellphones that will alert them if they’ve come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
“It will be up to individual Canadians to decide whether to download the app or not, but the app will be most effective when as many people as possible have it,” Trudeau said during his daily briefing this morning…