Vulnerable seniors who are currently not digitally connected and at higher risk from COVID-19 will receive the first batch of TraceTogether tokens from Sunday (Jun 28).
This is to help extend protection to as many people as possible, including those who may not own or prefer not to use a mobile phone, said Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG) in a news release.
In response to CNA’s queries, SNDGG said that the recipients will include those who are physically frail, living alone or have poor family support.
The Silver Generation Office will reach out to these seniors through house visits, it said. Details of subsequent distribution will be shared later.
The first version will have an estimated battery life of six to nine months and does not require any charging. It is also designed to be convenient, light and easy to use.
“It can fit easily into a bag or be hung from a lanyard,” said SNDGG.
Each TraceTogether token will have a unique QR code and is personalised for the recipient’s use only.
The token works by exchanging Bluetooth signals with other TraceTogether tokens or with mobile phones nearby running the TraceTogether app.
The data collected will be encrypted and kept in the token for no more than 25 days, said SNDGG.
The token has no GPS, which means it does not capture geolocation data. It also has no internet or cellular connectivity, so the encrypted data cannot be remotely extracted from the device.