QUEZON CITY, Sept. 21 (PIA) -- The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) recently launched its mobile app contact tracing system called "TRAZE" to facilitate the movement of people inside the ports while maintaining the highest health protocols amid the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
TRAZE which was jointly developed by PPA in-house information technology experts and third-party developer Cosmotech Philippines, Inc., has the capability to trace the movement of individuals inside PPA facilities without connecting to the internet and can be downloaded by user via Apple Store and Google Play.
According to PPA General Manger Jay Daniel R. Santiago the app is a major breakthrough as it can add up to 5 people or establishments in a single profile, allowing the system to track their movement even without any mobile electronic device. Establishments and vehicles registered with the system can likewise be monitored, making contact tracing at the port in cases of COVID-19 infection manageable and effective.
After completing and verifying the app registration, a unique Trazer identification number and printable QR Code will be issued while those with mobile electronic devices capable of reading QR codes can simply scan other QR codes for establishments and individuals. The provided QR Code can be used by the passenger at any Traze-registered port or establishment in their subsequent travels.
The system also automatically notifies Traze-registered person if they come in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual as all Traze-registered individuals and establishments can review their movement using the history button on the app itself.
"With this, all PPA personnel as well as those individuals, establishments, port workers, concessioners, and other port stakeholders nationwide are mandated to download and use the app as a pre-condition to entry in PPA facilities and as those passengers without access to the app can drop-by the port MALASAKIT Helpdesk in order to register in the system" Santiago added. (MBP/PIA-IDPD/PPA)