Posted on Jul 31, 2020 at 8:51 p.m.

France could find itself excluded from a European platform allowing data exchange to fight the epidemic. The European Commission has reached an agreement with the German company software manufacturer SAP and a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom to allow exchanges between national contact tracing applications against Covid-19, the European executive said on Friday.

“The European Commission has reached an agreement with T-Systems and SAP to develop and build a gateway platform for the cross-border exchange of alerts” on contamination, a spokesperson for the European executive told hooly News.

The interface will be able to operate with at least 18 applications – already operational or planned – developed by European countries having chosen a so-called “decentralized” architecture, which excludes France and Hungary. However, it should not be operational before the end of the summer vacation, because the duration of its assembly is estimated at three or four weeks, according to the Commission.

“Decentralized” vs “centralized” option

This “gateway” service must make it possible to efficiently receive and transmit relevant information from national contact tracing applications and servers, and to minimize the volume of data exchanged.

For their anti-Covid application, most European countries have chosen a “decentralized” option, favored by Google and Apple. In this architecture, users’ smartphones regularly import the list of all the pseudonyms that have encountered infected people, and themselves check whether their pseudonym appears on these lists or not.

In Germany, SAP has developed an application with Deutsche Telekom which has been downloaded over 16 million times. France has opted with “StopCovid” for a “centralized” approach, involving more data storage in a central server, just like Hungary. Between 2 and 2.5 million people have downloaded the French tracking application.

Source hooly News