The initial development and maintenance of the application that allows us to know if we have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 was temporary, with a duration that ended on November 15.

It was an emergency procedure that allowed the Indra company to provide this tracking app through a contract costing 330,000 euros . Now this contract has been renewed, also through an emergency procedure, but this time the contract has a duration of two years and an amount of 1.7 million euros.

Tracking apps began to be distributed as of June in countries such as Germany or Switzerland, and that same month the Government of Spain turned to the multinational Indra, which in a few weeks was able to generate not only the app but also the technical infrastructure and the tools available to the autonomous communities to manage the platform. A tool that is also compatible with the analog tools used in other countries.

Priority: continuity in good operation

Now the operation will remain the same but the emergency procedure is used again due to the need to maintain the continuity of what has already been achieved as soon as possible, so that after an initial pilot period and a prompt start-up there is no interruption in operation.

The renewal initiative corresponds to the Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence, headed by Carme Artigas, responsible for this two-year renewal with a total budget of 1,740,101 euros. The renewal only requires the approval process in the Council of Ministers and the award is already published in the Public Procurement Platform of the General State Administration .