Contact Tracing Technologies Prototype Research Programme key documents

Publication date: 13 August 2021

The Ministry of Health is continuously investigating how digital tools could be improved to enhance our overall contact tracing system. Key documents relating to the Contact Tracing Technologies Prototype Research Programme have been proactively released to provide both overview and detailed outcomes of the various key outcomes of the programme. Please note that all enclosed reports have a particular focus area; each should be read independently noting that there may be references to each across all of the reports. Further information is outlined in the publicly available briefing to the Minister for COVID-19 response: Update on the Bluetooth-enabled Contact Tracing Card and the NZ COVID Tracer App.

Some information has been withheld under section 9(2)(a) of the OIA to protect personal privacy.

Documents released:

  • Programme Summary Report (PDF, 1.8 MB): This document represents a whakakao (gathering together) of the various reports derived from the Programme and an overall assessment of the findings and conclusions presented in them. 
  • Programme Equity Report (PDF, 1.4 MB): The purpose of this report is to provide an equity lens across the the Programme and in doing so, identify and evaluate opportunities for collaboration across Government, Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Iwi, hapū and whānau as partners under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, key stakeholder interest groups, partners (incl. technology suppliers).  
  • Programme Co-Design Report (PDF, 3.5 MB): This report has been prepared as a key contribution to the Programme, specific to the Field Trial stream of work. 
  • Programme Market Research Report (PDF, 1.8 MB): This report is the result of research undertaken to understand New Zealanders’ perceptions of contact tracing technologies. 
  • Programme Research Report (PDF, 3.0 MB): This report has been prepared as a key contribution to the Programme, reflecting the evaluation of the Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing card. 
  • Programme Pre-Trial Technical Report (PDF, 714 KB): This report is of the assessment of the cards and software for the Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing card system, to ascertain whether the system was satisfactory for a short field trial 
  • Programme Card Technical Report (PDF, 2.5 MB)This report is an extension of the initial technical assessment of the  Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing card system including what further development and testing would be needed for a population wide deployment of this technology. 
  • Programme Interoperability Report (PDF, 2.0 MB): The purpose of this document is to build and share a common understanding of how Bluetooth technology and digital data could be integrated into the National Contact Tracing System and the Contact Tracing process. 
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