CovidCard contact tracing devices have been shown to work in controlled environments but would only be made compulsory as an “extreme last resort”, Government Digital Services Minister Kris Faafoi says.
The devices, which supporters say could be provided to all Kiwis at a cost of $100 million, have been examined by the Defence Technology Agency, Otago University experts, and the GCSB.
But Faafoi indicated the Government was still hedging its bets, saying a range of technology options was being considered to improve contact tracing “including Bluetooth app technology being used in Ireland, which has shown promise”.
If the CovidCard got the go-ahead from the Government all Kiwis – perhaps those aged over 16 – would be able to get one of the Bluetooth devices, which would be worn as a lanyard or attached to clothing to record people’s close contacts.
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