NZ Covid Tracer app will get ‘gamification’, assist for older telephones – NZ Herald

Enterprise7 Apr, 2021 11:48 PM


p data-test-ui=”figure__caption”>There have been 90,200 vaccines administered so far. A complete of 19,273 folks have obtained each doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

So-called “gamification” options are being added to the NZ Covid Tracer app in a bid to get extra folks scanning posters, extra of the time.

After 14 consecutive days of scanning or diary entries, customers shall be awarded a spiral success badge.

The most recent replace additionally shows lives statistics on how lots of the Group of 5 Million are utilizing the app, and different stats.

Whereas one Twitter wag advised KFC vouchers could be simpler, Massey College psychology professor Dr Aaron Drummond says the brand new options are good optimistic reinforcement methods that ought to assist with the “cultural tightness” {that a} latest Cornell research discovered helps to cut back sickness and dying from Covid-19.

Auckland College researcher Dr Andrew Chen notes the Ministry of Well being has additionally made some tweaks beneath the bonnet – which may very well be notably helpful for these with older telephones.

“The MoH has been quietly been releasing different updates in latest weeks. Essentially the most important one is that they upgraded the app to model 2 of the Apple/Google Publicity Notification Framework that powers Bluetooth Tracing, which signifies that it’s now suitable with extra iOS gadgets, notably the iPhone 6 [firs released in 2014],” Chen says.

There have additionally been tweaks that ought to see NZ Covid Tracer run quicker on older Android telephones.

“So in the event you beforehand could not use Bluetooth Tracing, it’s value attempting once more to see whether it is now suitable together with your telephone,” Chen says.

The app can now additionally entry your telephone’s torch, to make it simpler to scan posters at midnight.

Some 2.77 million folks have now downloaded NZ Covid Tracer app.

Of these, 1.27 million have enabled automated Bluetooth tracing.

Poster scanning stays low, outdoors of lockdown scares.

However yesterday (April 7) solely 434,168 folks scanned at the very least one poster (there have been 828,029 scans total), with participation dropping to as little as 262,137 on Easter Sunday (the place, once more, every person scanned round two posters).

Chen says modelling signifies “We wish to see at the very least 4 million QR code scans a day, and at the very least two million folks taking part in Bluetooth Tracing beneath Alert Stage 1 settings.”

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