NHSX Looking Into Apple/Google Solution for Contact Tracing App #
Tim Bradshaw, Sarah Neville, and Helen Warrell, writing at Financial Times:
Health chiefs in the UK have tasked a team of software developers to “investigate” switching its unique contact-tracing app to the global standard proposed by Apple and Google, signalling a potential about-turn just days after the NHS launched its new coronavirus app.
Maybe they’re finally getting the message, that their custom solution will not work? Just like I mentioned before?
That’s not the only bit of news from this article though, with more details emerging on the app. That is it being developed by a Swiss IT development company named “Zuhlke Engineering”, with a 6-month contract worth £3.8m.
They’re said to be doing this as a two-week time boxed technical spike. Which is basically a period of time allocated to evaluate a new technology/implementation. Then after the spike (evaluation) is complete, more work can be planned, estimated, and carried out.
I’m just glad they’re open to switching to the more practical Apple/Google implementation.