Dassault Systèmes Is Member of the StopCovid Project-Team Developing a Mobile Contact Tracing App for France

By Ralph Rio

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Inria, ANSSI, Capgemini, Dassault Systèmes, Inserm, Lunabee Studio, Orange, Santé Publique France and Withings have created the StopCovid project team in order to structure and strengthen their contribution to the government project to set up a mobile contact tracing application (StopCovid). The purpose of this project is to provide the French health authorities with a complementary digital tool to help manage the Covid-19 health emergency.

The French government has entrusted Inria with the operational management of the research and development project called "StopCovid", which brings together the expertise of national organizations, both public and private, within the StopCovid project team.  All these players are contributing to the work already under way to provide all French citizens with a tool to better protect them against Covid19.

Sharing the guidelines set by the Government, the project is based on five foundations:

  • The use of the StopCovid app as part of the global strategy for managing the health crisis and for epidemiological monitoring. The StopCovid project is an additional tool that provides public health organizations with a decision-making support for the deconfinement phase.
  • Strict compliance with the data protection and privacy framework at national and European levels, as defined in particular by French law and the GDPR, as well as the toolbox for proximity monitoring applications recently defined by the European Commission.
  • Transparency, which notably involving the distribution, under an open source license, of the specific work carried out within the framework of the project. This is in order to provide all the guarantees in terms of transparency of algorithms, open code, interoperability, auditability, security and reversibility of the solutions. Thus, this solution could offer basic building blocks that can be used by all countries that wish to use them.
  • Respect for the principles of digital sovereignty of the public health system: control of health choices by French and European societies, protection and structuring of health data assets to guide the response to the epidemic and accelerate medical research.
  • The temporary nature of the project, whose lifespan will correspond, if deployed, will correspond to the duration of the management of the Covid-19 epidemic. 

The project is conducted under the supervision of the State and gives rise to regular interactions with independent control authorities, notably the CNIL (Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés - French Data Protection Authority).  It also involves DINUM (inter-ministerial directorate for digital).

The project, in its prototype construction phase, involves public and private organizations acting on a pro bono basis, as part of the StopCovid project team.

At the European level, the project is also being carried out in close cooperation with national teams developing comparable applications in Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Norway, based on comparable approaches and ensuring interoperability.

The project, coordinated by Inria, involves the following StopCovid project team members and their respective field of expertise:

  • Inria: coordination and transmission protocol, privacy-by-design;
  • ANSSI: cybersecurity;
  • Capgemini: back-end architecture and development;
  • Dassault Systèmes: SecNumCloud qualified sovereign data infrastructure;
  • Inserm: health models;
  • Lunabee Studio: development of mobile applications;
  • Orange: application distribution and interoperability;
  • Santé Publique France: integration and coordination of the application in the global strategy of contact tracing;
  • Withings: connected objects.

In addition, the entire ecosystem of research, innovation and business is mobilized through the "ecosystem of StopCovid contributors".  This open ecosystem brings together organizations and individuals who have shown their willingness to participate in the project, either proactively or in response to requests, whether through participation in technical expert groups, think tanks, provision of open source code, sharing of feedback on comparable solutions, or participation in field experiments.

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