Australian Government to develop smartphone app for facial recognition
In an official statement, the State Government announced a contract to a Western Australian (WA) company for $1.1 million to develop a new smartphone app that uses facial recognition and GPS tracking technology to monitor people who are ordered to self-quarantine at home, reported InDaily.
Stephen Wade, the Health Minister, in a written statement said that the app would be used to track people who arrive in South Australia from interstate COVID-19 hotspots, or who are close or casual contacts of local cases, to ensure that they comply with quarantine directions.
The government documents reveal that a Perth-based technology company GenVis has won the $1,102,310 contract following a selective tender process in November. GenVis is behind WA’s ‘G2G Now app, which uses facial recognition and phone location data to check if people in quarantine are at their registered address.
Downloading and using the G2G app is voluntary in WA, but the Government encourages people to use it, claiming it “keeps you safe and the rest of the community safe while freeing up more police resources that would otherwise be undertaking more regular physical checks”.