Covid-19 Contact Tracing through Multipath Profile Similarity
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Contact tracing is a key approach to control the spread of Covid- 19 and any other pandemia. Recent attempts have followed either traditional ways of tracing (e.g. patient interviews) or unreliable app-based localization solutions. The latter has raised both privacy concerns and low precision in the contact inference. In this work, we present the idea of contact tracing through the multipath profile similarity. At first, we collect Channel State Information (CSI) traces from mobile devices, and then we estimate the multipath profile. We then show that positions that are close obtain similar multipath profiles, and only this information is shared outside the local network. This result can be applied for deploying a privacy-preserving contact tracing system for healthcare authorities.