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The Locating Method of Infectious Source based on Bluetooth System of Smart Device

Version 1 : Received: 8 May 2023 / Approved: 9 May 2023 / Online: 9 May 2023 (08:42:49 CEST)

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Qin, H.; Guo, T.; Han, Y. Locating Infectious Sources Using Bluetooth System of Smart Devices. Appl. Sci. 2023, 13, 7218. Qin, H.; Guo, T.; Han, Y. Locating Infectious Sources Using Bluetooth System of Smart Devices. Appl. Sci. 2023, 13, 7218.


Infectious disease like COVID-19 will have a great impact on human society. An effective prevention and control measure is to quickly isolate the source and reduce the population’s exposure to the infection. Therefore, it is very important to quickly trace and identify the virus carrier and its close contacts in order to effectively suppressing transmission. This article provides a method, system and storage medium for locating the source of infection based on big data. We adopt the method of combining Bluetooth and GPS positioning to track the action trajectory of each individual. The method stores the close contact and location information locally and update on the cloud platform for an appropriate period of time. The method and system can provide personal risk levels and regional risk levels through related algorithms. When entering a high-risk area or if the personal risk level within the Bluetooth interconnection range is greater than the set threshold, an alarm function is provided. We can also generate reports on the spread of the epidemic over a period of time. As a result, the system can quickly locate the source of infection and close contacts, providing a reference for quick and highly efficient epidemic prevention and control.


Bluetooth; Bluetooth low energy; COVID-19; Contact tracing; Weight-based matching method; smart phones


Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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