Syazwani Hj Rosli
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has introduced a new method for remote monitoring and detection of persons who are placed under the Quarantine Order under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204).
As announced in a press statement recently, the new method, dubbed iMSafe, uses a special bracelet which is connected to the ‘IoT real-time monitoring and tracking’ system to monitor the movement and presence of the wearer.
The wristband contains a Bluetooth chip locator and a QR code which will be activated once the wearer of the iMSafe wristband arrives at their quarantine place.
From the authorities’ view, the iMSafe system will enable the MoH and the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) to monitor and track those placed under the Quarantine Order.
The iMSafe system has several features such as a dashboard that displays the names and identities of the wearer, reports and status as well as an alert system.
Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said that those under quarantine such as COVID-19 patients and their close families living together with them will be asked to wear the bracelet.
“Previously, we made calls every two or three hours to make sure that they are home. The bracelet will track wearer movements and will automatically raise an alarm to the police if they violate the order.
“The wristband wearer must own an Android mobile phone and its Bluetooth should turned on at all times. If they switch it off then it will become an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act”.