Army develops ‘Helpline app’ to combat Covid-19

Jammu: The Indian Army, in its effort towards supplementing Civil Administration’s initiatives of containing the spread of pandemic Coronavirus, has developed a simple mobile app christened as ‘Covid-19 Helpline J&K’.
This technological intervention of Army shall provide useful real time information to the locals about the location and contact number of Hospitals, Control Rooms and Rapid Response Team situated in their vicinity.
The app so developed is based on integrated information sharing that is available on Google maps. It contains info on red zones in Kashmir to caution people while they move. It also contains relevant information pertaining to preventive and safety measures to create awareness among the local population about COVID-19.
The app is available as a third party installation file and requires the user to provide his mobile number as login. The app then utilizes the location and Bluetooth settings of the user to get a list of important contact numbers that are available in their local vicinity as well as allows them to generate a request for essential services through a simple form in realtime.
The necessary technical support and regular updates to the app will be carried out by Army from time to time as the app aims to target widespread dissemination and proliferation.

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