Scan in, save lives
Early discovery of pandemic response technologies that were being prototyped in other countries revealed significant issues with usability and accuracy. The Ministry of Health and RUSH team collectively chose QR code scanning as a proven tech that people were familiar with, and RUSH built four different digital products to facilitate this initial solution.
There are two native apps (Android and Apple iOS) because the speed of the development in the initial stages required us to allow for the ability to quickly pivot, however since our first iterations Google and Apple have created a collaborative OS which has allowed us to develop one React native app with Bluetooth capabilities.
Lastly, RUSH built the QR code generator for the official NZ COVID Tracer posters which all businesses and services, unless exempt, were required to display in a prominent place.
The NZ COVID Tracer app was formally launched on 20 May 2020, to help protect New Zealanders, their whānau and the community by giving contact tracers a head start with identifying anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.