SINGAPORE – The TraceTogether token is protected to make use of and transmits at a decrease energy than even cell phones, mentioned the Authorities on Saturday (Could 15).
It was addressing a video making the rounds on-line this week suggesting that the token exposes a consumer to a excessive degree of radiation, ahead of compulsory SafeEntry check-ins utilizing the TraceTogether app or token from subsequent Monday.
A publish on Saturday morning on the Authorities’s fact-checking web site, Factually, mentioned that the token, which helps the authorities with Covid-19 contact tracing, makes use of Bluetooth low power to ship and obtain information.
The token “transmits at a decrease energy than many client communications gadgets – equivalent to cell phones, Bluetooth headphones, audio system and good watches”, mentioned the publish.
It added that the token has been examined by an unbiased laboratory and is “nicely inside Singapore’s regulatory limits for short-range gadgets” and is “protected for on a regular basis use”.
The publish famous that there are strict limits on the transmission energy of such gadgets, primarily based on worldwide requirements and pointers from the Worldwide Fee on Non-Ionising Radiation Safety.
The fee is an unbiased worldwide organisation recognised by the World Well being Organisation.
Earlier this week, a video clip surfaced on-line and on social media claiming to point out the quantity of electrical and magnetic discipline emissions from the TraceTogether token.
The 2min 30sec clip reveals an individual utilizing a radio-frequency meter to measure the quantity of radiation from the token.
When he brings the meter over the token, the utmost and peak readings on the meter spike, though the common studying is far decrease.
“Are you able to think about that you’re sporting this token… inside your pocket or someplace close to your chest?” he says, later advising viewers to maintain the token away from their our bodies as a lot as potential.
When he covers the token with a “shielding cloth” to point out what folks can do in regards to the radiation, the meter’s peak and common readings fall though the utmost studying seems to be as excessive as earlier than.
The clip doesn’t examine readings for different digital gadgets, equivalent to cell phones, with the token’s.
The Authorities Know-how Company (GovTech), which helped to develop the token, urged the general public on Saturday to not be “misinformed by pretend information”.
“There isn’t any concern with the radiation emitted from the token,” it mentioned on Fb, reiterating factors from the Factually publish.
In the meantime, GovTech mentioned on Could 7 that TraceTogether tokens have obtained the best safety label beneath a voluntary scheme that reveals shoppers how safe Web-connected gadgets are towards cyber-security threats.
The Cybersecurity Labelling scheme by the Cyber Safety Company of Singapore (CSA) has 4 score ranges. The best Degree 4 score requires merchandise to be despatched for structured penetration assessments carried out by CSA-approved third-party labs.
Tokens produced from Oct 13 final 12 months could have the Degree 4 label, together with these produced from April 1.
Whereas the TraceTogether tokens should not technically Web-connected gadgets, the Degree 4 label “implies that the tokens are safe by design”, mentioned GovTech in a Fb publish.
“Knowledge saved within the gadgets can’t be accessed by unauthorised events, providing you with larger peace of thoughts,” it added.