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Random video check-ins part of GPS technology to be used on visitors

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The GPS tracking technology that all visitors to the territory must use come December 1 will have the capability to conduct random video check-ins.

This is according to developer Amber Group Limited (AGL) who outlined a number of the key features of the technology in a media release addressed to BVI News.

“Through the solution’s tracking, tracing, and geo-fencing features, authorities can also implement relevant quarantine requirements to safeguard the wider population. In cases where individuals are placed in quarantine, the technology enables random video check-ins and alerts when breeches to geo-fencing occur,” AGL stated.

It continued: “In addition, citizens and visitors are able to self-report their health status, book appointments for testing if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, and request emergency services such as the police or ambulance services.”

Manages entry of visitors

The technology which is described as being simple to manage will also enable the government the ability to pre-approve travellers through the BVI Gateway Portal — also a product of AGL — which will control entry into the territory while managing COVID-19 health cases.

“Through a seamless digital link across ministries and other agencies, governments are able to seamlessly screen visitors before they arrive in the country. It also enables the linking of initial screening information entered by visitors to immigration checkpoints and builds a secure digital health folder on each person entering the country,” AGL explained.

“Authorised officials can digitally record high-risk cases, isolate where necessary, and track those who came in close contact with affected persons to better manage risk,” it added.

New enhancements to come

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AGL, Dushyant Savadia said that continued developments of the technology is expected as it continues to be implemented in other Caribbean countries.

He said: “With each iteration and deployment across the region, we continue to add new enhancements to the overall platform … We are proud of what we have accomplished and the part we are playing to help the region during this time of crisis.”

To date, Jamaica, St Lucia, Turks and Caicos Islands and Grenada have all implemented the technology to manage travel authorisation and border management during the COVID-19 pandemic period.


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  1. Rubber Duck says:

    Mean while out in the real world where pals and cronies are not being given contracts for useless junk, where the tourist trade is not being decimated by mindless knee jerks , a vaccine has been proved to work

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    • @Rubber says:

      No vaccine for the negro. They have herbs and voodoo. The vaccine is a white man myth to kill off the negro. LMFAO. You can’t make this s**t up.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Any moron that is stupid enough to place Foy’s tracking app on his phone deserves to lose all his personal info. Read below. Put your trust in the almighty, not these people.

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    • To Anonymous says:

      Stop being so ignorant. All the app does is help to keep down the gatherings during quarenting to avoid any possible spread during the time each person is quarentined.

      • Smh says:

        Spread of what ? Sorry I don’t have tv but everything seems fine in the world I’m living in just the regular flu that’s going around

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  3. WTF says:

    Who is going to pay the data roaming fees? Tourists won’t come for that…

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  4. New Normal says:

    It continued: “In addition, citizens and visitors are able to self-report their health status, book appointments for testing if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, and request emergency services such as the police or ambulance services.”

    The real plan is starting to unfold, the true nature on the intent. To track all citizens and wait there is more. Digital transaction might seem like a good thing right….mmmh. New Normal….

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    • Already happening says:

      You shop online so you already doing digital transactions. What do you think ath movil is? Just stop the nonsense.

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  5. Heckler says:

    Privacy out the window

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  6. Interesting says:

    So is the Government paying their roaming bill or providing sim cards for them to use in the BVI with credit on there already or is the guest expected to remain within range of wifi for their entire vacation… How exactly is this app going to stay connected?

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  7. vg resident says:

    Love to have them turn on the camera when I am skinny dipping in my pool!! Or whe I am making love in the afternoon. That way I could show them that I am doing well and having fun.

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    • Gothis says:

      It’s not up you to say whether or not you are doing well when making love. It’s up to the biker guys lining up behind you.

  8. WOW says:

    I am amazed by the ignorant post. This monitoring is only for the quarentine period. So I don’t see what the fuss is all about.

  9. FACTS says:

    I appreciate the Government efforts in trying to keep us safe.

  10. Mismanaged says:

    The app that was suppose to launch on 2 November? Way to go with making a deadline!

    BVI LOVE? BVI boarders may be open, but most certainty not showing any love. Ridiculous.

  11. Actually says:

    This is not true.

  12. 2cents says:

    All this reopening and planning won’t matter cause guess what. No one is coming! Your wish came true. Keep up the good work

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