LSU Professor Develops Highly Encrypted Contact Tracing Application | New
As COVID-19 continues its ruthless tear across Louisiana, researchers are called upon to create a sense of control over the maturing situation.
A professor at LSU College of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Lu Peng, took his team of ECE students to lead a high-tech contact tracing solution.
Peng and his students are currently developing GeauxTrace, a contact finder app that will soon be available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
The project works to give app users an alert when they approach a COVID-positive app user. Peng suggests that GeauxTrace will read a phone’s Bluetooth signal strength and determine the distance to another nearby phone.
Peng also notes that the technology will encrypt user information and prevent hackers from breaching privacy.
GeauxTrace developer Fang Qi said the main goal is to protect the online identities of our generation.
“Privacy is the best of our app, compared to others. No information is actually left on your phone, so we kept both parties confidential in this contact tracing. [app]”, says Qi.
The app will also provide an accurate contact card of people suspected of being infected with COVID-19.
The developers have come out to say that GeauxTrace will be ready for release soon, so be sure to visit geauxtrace.com to keep an eye on.