MSAB today highlighted how its technology can be used to assist first responders, public health officials, law enforcement and others involved in controlling the current coronavirus pandemic by using mobile phone data to identify where individuals have been, whom they have been in contact with and their timeline of activity, along with other key information that might be needed.

The Cellphone Access & Risk Evaluation (C.A.R.E) package from MSAB allows lawfully-approved government users to quickly extract and analyze information from cellphones belonging to patients and persons breaching curfews to help trace their recent past movements, activities and contacts by using mobile phone data from the prior month. The solution can play a vital role in a range of use cases – in health care facilities, at borders, in transit hubs, and elsewhere.

MSAB’s C.A.R.E. package is designed to complement existing methods used to collect information from and about people who may be infected or at risk from infection. The faster officials can collect information from infected patients, and the more accurately they can confirm their past movements, the more effective they can be in taking action to prevent further spread.  In circumstances in which a patient’s health condition or language barrier prevents them from sharing information, the examination of mobile phones could be one of the best alternative options.

The MSAB’s C.A.R.E. package utilizes two proven MSAB software products – XRY and XAMN – that can be loaded onto any Windows-based PC.  XRY can pull permitted and specified data types (such as location data, calls, texts, app data, and images) from a specific range of dates and times for example the last 30 days from over 30,000 different phone profiles. The data can then be analyzed visually within XAMN to build a timeline of travel history and contact patterns.

Locations – COVID-19 risk zones can be defined, and the system can identify and highlight if the device owner was there.

Movement – The system identifies where and when the device user has travelled. This information is based on any geo-tagged data on the device, such as pictures, calls, cell tower connections, Wi-Fi networks, and more.

Connections – A powerful link-analysis capability can visualize the interactions between the device user and other identities and accounts, to help trace next of kin and local contacts.

Known names or numbers – If the names or phone numbers of other infected individuals are known, the system can display any potential links to them quickly and comprehensively.

How it works:

The C.A.R.E. package includes a 3-month license for XRY Express and XAMN, a set of cables for extracting data from the most popular mobile phones, a set of digital maps for analyzing location data, and filters to help facilitate tracking location data.

If you are currently using XRY and XAMN, the capabilities described as part of the C.A.R.E. package are all currently available to you, with the exception that offline maps requires a separate purchase. Contact support@msab.com if you have questions about applying XRY to this contact tracing challenge.

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