Inventors of NSTDA mobile applications designed to fight against COVID-19 in Thailand were invited to give an interview to the Center for Global Affairs and Science Engagement (GASE) - a joint initiative by Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology and National Taiwan University – for an article featuring on GASE website dedicated to COVID-19 research and innovation. To support the disease control management, NSTDA has released two mobile applications in Thailand. ‘Traffy Fondue’ is a LINE Chatbot that enables users to report and trace people from out-of-town and ‘DDC-Care’ is a system for tracking and monitoring the health of individuals at risk of COVID-19. Both applications have been used extensively by Thai authorities to curb the spreading of the deadly virus.
The interview - conducted with Dr. Wasan Pattara-atikom for Traffy Fondue and Dr. Ananlada Chotimongkol and Dr. Naiyana Sahavechaphan for DDC-Care - centered around details of the inventions, the motivation behind each invention and concerns over the data safety issue. The interview article is available at http://gase.most.ntu.edu.tw/taiwancanhelp/national_item/31 (English language) and http://gase.most.ntu.edu.tw/taiwancanhelp/national_item/30 (Chinese language).