The Australian state is testing a new app that uses facial recognition technology to ensure that residents comply with the COVID-19 home quarantine order.
Listed as Home Quarantine SA in the app store announced by the South Australian government on August 23, the app uses geolocation and facial recognition software to track quarantine, South Australia said. Prime Minister Steven Marshall told ABC News in an August interview. All South Australians ordered to quarantine must download the app.
This app ensures that citizens comply with quarantine orders by randomly contacting people and asking them to provide proof of their location within 15 minutes. According to the app’s description, citizens will either share their location with the government or offer “live face check-in” to ensure they are at a “registered quarantine address”.
“We don’t tell you how often or when you have to reply randomly within 15 minutes,” Marshall told ABC News.
South Australia’s current COVID-19 guidelines allow health authorities and law enforcement officers to instruct citizens to quarantine at home or in “quarantine hotels” for 14 days. According to the guidelines, those who break the quarantine can be fined up to $ 1,000.
According to the app’s FAQ, individuals who miss geoposition check-in should receive a follow-up call and discuss why they missed the notification. If you miss it, a “compliance officer” may visit your home.
“We just use it [the app] To make sure people are in the place they said they were in home quarantine, “Marshall told ABC.
The app’s pilot program began on August 23 and has 50 participants, but Marshall has told ABC that it plans to hire across the state.
“All South Australia should be pretty proud that we are a national pilot of home quarantine apps,” Marshall said.
A similar app, known as G2G Now and developed by Australian technology company GenVis, is being used by the Western Australian Government to monitor quarantine. According to the app FAQ, use of the app is voluntary except for individuals who “travel from high-risk jurisdictions.”
“G2G Now has made it quicker, more fun and easier to perform quarantine checks,” the app description says.
The South Australian Department of Health did not immediately respond to requests for comment outside the Daily Caller News Foundation’s business hours.
By Ailan Evans
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