AsiaInfo Helps with Precise Epidemic Control in Communities of Western China

2020-02-21 AsiaInfo

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak swept across China, AsiaInfo has made enormous efforts to support the safe, stable and efficient operation of the IT systems of major telecom operators, so that effective communication can be guaranteed. As telecom operators began to offer emergency services in response to the government’s epidemic prevention work, AsiaInfo set up a temporary working group led by Gao Nianshu, the CEO of the company. Experts from different regions were soon gathered to support the local telecom operators in building a big data service system. The well-established system using agile processes is of great use in containing the outbreak.

In early February, the Notice of Guiyang Leading Group for Prevention and Control of Pneumonia Epidemic Caused by Novel Coronavirus on the Further Prevention and Control of the Epidemic in Communities (No. 1). As required, all residential areas shall be under close-off management. In this process, some issues are of vital importance, including how to improve the safety of residents and front-line workers in the community, and how to avoid gathering at the entrance when registering residents, visitors and their vehicles. In response to the urgent need for epidemic prevention and control, AsiaInfo, led by the Guizhou Unicom, developed and launched a micro registration system. The system is free for all communities under closed-off management.

The registration system can identify and supervise those people moving around on streets, in communities and large shopping malls during the outbreak. It is embedded as part of WeChat-based light apps, allowing users to manage and register mobile population by just one touch on the screen. Community workers at the front line can generate a QR code, and by scanning the code, people on the move can report their health conditions. This system also allows relevant authorities to learn about the flow of people within the communities in real time, trace close contacts of confirmed cases, and achieve precise control of the epidemic. Besides, real-time data collected from the system will facilitate decision making in the future too.


At present, though all urban areas in Guiyang city have been under closed off management, some people have to come in and out to meet the basic living needs of residents. Against this background, the system gains recognition from community personnel in charge of closed-off management. One of them found it quite easy to operate, precise to trace mobile population and quick to offer feedback. The system cannot just provide convenient and easy access to information collection and registration. More importantly, supported by the multi-dimensional data available on the system, it allows local officers to find out the movements of infected patients and collect people’s body temperatures.


Liu Guobao, general manager of AsiaInfo’s Smart Info Department, noted that this system is playing an active role in helping cities like Guiyang and Anshun fight against the epidemic. It is now in operation in the WeChat official accounts of China Unicom’s branches in Tibet, Gansu and Hebei provinces. AsiaInfo is currently considering deploying the system in a public cloud, a move that is meant to support more cities in stopping the further spread of the virus.