SoI maps add heft to Arogya Setu app 

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This could improve geospatial data and help develop maps customised to COVID-related applications 

  • To “complement” the Arogya Setu App, a government endorsed application that helps trace the contacts of those who may have been infected by COVID-19, the Survey of India (SoI), the country’s apex map maker, has made public a trove of maps. 
  • This could improve geospatial data as well as help develop maps that could be customised to a variety of ‘COVID-related applications’ such as healthcare facilities, infection clusters and disaster management, according to officials associated with the project. 

Geospatial information 

  • The platform is initially expected to strengthen the public health delivery system of the State and Central governments and subsequently provide the necessary geospatial information support to citizens and agencies dealing with the challenges related to health, socio-economic distress, and livelihood challenges. 
  • The mobile application has been customised to collect COVID-19 specific geospatial datasets through community engagement to augment the response activities by government to the pandemic. 
  • The maps wouldn’t be directly useful to the general public and was aimed at government agencies which require geospatial information. 
  • To be effective, it requires users to keep their device’s Bluetooth and location history ‘on’ as much as possible.  
  • Users will be alerted, without disclosing identity, if they are in the vicinity of someone who’s tested positive.  
  • It also helps the government trace contacts of those infected to execute quarantining. 
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