TU’S Engineering School Develops “CovidNont”, an Application to Fight COVID-19

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Thammasat Engineering School (TES), Thammasat University has developed “CovidNont”, an easy-to-use QR code, tracking application to help prevent the spreading of COVID-19 in Nonthaburi. The app can be downloaded on both iOS and Android.

Asst. Prof. Thira Jearsiripongkul, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Cholatee Yangtrong, Deputy Governor of Nonthaburi, Mrs. Nisakorn Witsakorn, Deputy Governor of Nonthaburi, Panus Soponpong, M.D., Chief Nonthaburi Provincial Public Health Officer, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nonthaburi Provincial Public Health Office and Faculty of Engineering Thammasat University in a digital development project to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The application is a co-project between Faculty of Engineering, led by Dr. Choompol Boonmee, Lecturer at the Electrical Engineering Department, and Nonthaburi Provincial Public Health Office.

“The idea for application CovidNont, developed by the faculty of Engineering and Nonthaburi Provincial Public Health Office,  started from the fact that there are a lot of people infected with COVID-19 in Nonthaburi and by lifting the lockdown policy, it becomes important to be able to track the activity in each place, because if someone is infected, we should be able to check where had the patient been to, and who also has a risk of being infected. After that, the idea was discussed with Dr. Choompol and then starts developing the application with Nonthaburi Provincial Public Health Office,” says Asst Prof Thira.

“The application will be using the protected QR Code created by Nonthaburi Provincial Public Health Office. Every place that will be open after lifting the lockdown policy will have to receive the code from the health office and place it in their store. Up to now, there are over 2,000 stores that have registered with the program, and the health office will work on encouraging every store to register and place their code.”

“The first-time users will have to download the application CovidNont, and register with their name and phone number. Then, when entering a store, they will have to get their temperature checked at the store and enter in the app whether they have a fever or not. Then finish off by scanning the QR code at the entrance of the store. Now the logged information will be stored in the system for future references. In addition, if anyone reported that they have a fever, the application will send a notification to the health office to send medical staff to check on that person,”  says Asst Prof Thira.

“The application will not only be beneficial to the users but also to the shop owners. It is important for the shop owners to have access to the customers coming in their stores because if the owners themselves are infected with COVID-19, they can trace back to the customers in the window-period of the virus and the health office can identify the high-risk contact and other groups. Another situation that the CoivdNont would be useful is transportation services like taxi.”

“The store should have two QR codes, one for the first-time user to download the application, and the one for the customers to scan.”

“CovidNont is a good start. We emphasize on easy and user-friendly interface. The user experience should not be complicated. We will be using the application in Nonthaburi province but it is definitely something to consider using in other areas,” said Asst. Prof. Thira.