Bluetooth SIG is working to implement COVID-19 exposure tracking to Wearables

Bluetooth Special Interest Group (Bluetooth SIG), the organization which sets Bluetooth Standards of all the devices across the world, is now working to develop a new specification that enables the Exposure Notification System (ENS) to wearables.

In case you don’t know about ENS, it’s a smartphone-centric Bluetooth technology that the whole world is using currently to inform the smartphone user whether s/he has been in close contact with someone who earlier tested positive of coronavirus. For example – the Aarogya Setu application of India is using the same technology.

After deployment, wearables such as smartwatches and fitness trackers will also able to do the same tracking job, using Bluetooth, same as the smartphones. This will be helpful for those who don’t have a smartphone with advanced capabilities – like kids and senior people.

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Bluetooth SIG wrote, “By extending an ENS to include wearables, such as wristbands, it can better address population groups where smartphone usage remains low, including children in primary school and older adults living in care facilities,”

The organization said it will publish an initial draft of the specifications, which will be available to review by the next few months. Besides, over 130 Bluetooth member companies already joined the Bluetooth SIG Exposure Notification Working Group (ENWG) for this project.

Though it’s still not clear how and when this technology will be deployed to the wearables, it is going to become very much helpful for sure.

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