Berlin According to a report by Wirtschaftswoche, the European Commission is releasing around 13 million euros from the ESI emergency fund for the development of an EU-wide corona warning platform. The platform is intended to make it possible to use the national corona warning apps, which have so far been strictly separated, across borders.
Seven million euros will therefore flow to the corporations for development and installation by the beginning of 2021 SAP and Deutsche Telekom, around three million euros more are earmarked for maintenance by the end of 2021. An additional three million euros are available in the pot as development grants for EU countries that want to connect their apps to the warning platform.
The development of the German Corona warning app and the operation of the infrastructure will cost a total of around 68 million euros by the end of 2021. With the EU warning gateway, the effort for the two German groups is much lower. The EU operates the server itself, and no call center is offered.
The federal corona warning app will be expanded to include two functions this Monday. On the one hand, those who tested positive can voluntarily enter symptoms of illness in a kind of diary in order to be able to implement the warning of contacts even more precisely.
The app will also work in some European countries beyond the borders of Germany. The establishment of the EU Federation Gateway Service (EFGS) was necessary for this. This central gateway saves the establishment of bilateral interfaces between the respective member states.
The German app has now been downloaded around 19.6 million times. Experts assume that the application is actively used by around 16 million people in Germany. Most recently, the daily download numbers had tripled to around 100,000. The new version 1.5 is expected in the Apple and Google app stores on Monday afternoon.
With the update, the apps from Germany, Ireland and Italy exchange warnings across countries in the first step. Other countries, including Denmark, Latvia and Spain, plan to follow shortly thereafter. Countries like the Netherlands, Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic are expected in November.
According to the “Wirtschaftswoche” report, up to 16 national apps could be linked by the end of the year. Version 1.5 of the German Corona app creates the European link in the background: users do not have to do anything to activate the EU mode. Users in other countries sometimes have to activate the function themselves.
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