Police use mobile app to monitor movement of people in home quarantine

Staff Correspondent . Chattogram | Published: 17:01, Apr 16,2020 | Updated: 01:03, Apr 17,2020


Smartphone app ‘Nirapad: Stay Home Stay Safe’

The police in Chattogram are supervising the movement of people in home quarantine through a mobile application titled ‘Nirapad: Stay Home Stay Safe’ to prevent spread of coronavirus and ensure social distancing.

After the outbreak of the novel virus, huge expatriates returned home came from different countries and it became difficult for law enforcement agencies to ensure the mandatory 14-day home quarantine of these people.

Many of such returnees were not found at home during drives carried out by Chattogram district administration.

In such a situation, the mobile application was launched at Chattogram Metropolitan Police headquarters on April 9.

Inovace Technologies developed the app and providing the service free of cost.

Police install the app on the mobile phones of the people who need to follow a 14-day home quarantine. If the person log out of the app or uninstall it, police control room would be informed immediately.

Inovace Technologies co-founder and managing director Minhaz Khan said that the app ensured the presence of the person instructed to follow home quarantine by local administration.

If they try to go out violating home quarantine rules, the app delivers the information to the monitoring unit of police, he said.

Police can monitor huge number of people at home quarantine at a time, they can monitor their activities round the clock, and keep them safe and also maintain social distance, he said.

The limitation of the app is if the people in home quarantine go out of keeping the phone at home, police would not be able to detect their movement.

Chattogram Metropolitan Police is monitoring nearly 1,200 persons through this app.

CMP additional deputy commissioner (public Relation) Abu Bakkar Siddique said that through this application police was monitoring the movement of the people who came from abroad and instructed to stay in home quarantine by the local administration.

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