Contact Tracing: Why Does the Everbridge Contract Tracer App for iOS (EVBG CT iOS) Ask to “Allow to Use Location” When Enabling Enhanced Proximity Tracing?

Environment:

Apple iOS

Question:

Why does the Everbridge Contract Tracer App for iOS (EVBG CT iOS) ask to Allow to use Location when enabling Enhanced Proximity Tracing?

Answer:

Everbridge provides each user the option to improve proximity accuracy by enabling the iBeacon solution. Our solution leverages core location services through iBeacon to keep the app awake while the EVBG CT iOS app is in background mode. This is true even when the device is locked. Having the app awake longer in the background means Everbridge is able to capture/accumulate proximity exposures at a more accurate level.

For more information on iBeacon, please see Knowledge Base Article 000049637 - Contact Tracing: What is iBeacon?

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