CBS Students Test Their Contact Tracing App In Local Business

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Ethan Ward, Philip Tracey and Conor Flaherty who are testing their app in Yummy Cafe on Dominick Street.

CBS The Green students have been trialling a Contact Tracing app they have created in a local cafe/restaurant as part of their entry in the Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition competition for 2021.

Yummy Cafe gave permission to First Year students Conor Flaherty, Ethan Ward and Philip Tracey to trial QR Code and Web App contact tracing system in the cafe.

“We are delighted to help out the three lads by trialing their App in the cafe,” said Emer Tobin of Yummy Cafe. “Each table in the cafe has a simple QR Code that you scan with the camera on your smartphone, a link pops up and you simply fill in the details. Your information is very secure and it’s GDPR compliant – our own team in the cafe are happy to help if you’ve any difficulties”.

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The boys’ technology project is named “GDPR Compliant QR codes to simplify contact tracing in the Hospitality Sector”.

The app records the table number, date and time, which provides the health authorities with a detailed contract tracing log in the event of a close contact event.

The students are asking for any customers who visit the cafe to support the project by filling out their two minute survey after scanning their QR code for contact tracing.

The customers’ details are encrypted in transit and stored securely on Amazon AWS servers in Ireland. In line with Failte Ireland guidelines, it is designed to automatically delete the data permanently after 28 days. Being GDPR compliant is fundamental to each part of the project.

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