The US Army has stated that it is using its anti-terrorism threat detection technology to track the spread of Covid-19.

The technology is helping army leaders make real-time, force-protection decisions. Called the Joint Analytic Real-Time Virtual Information Sharing System (JARVISS), the software targets criminal activity.

It also offers natural disaster information inside and around army installations and stand-alone facilities.

Army major general Kevin Vereen said that the spread of Covid-19 pandemic has led to JARVISS being employed to also identify virus threats and its effect on the installation readiness, training and recruiting.

JARVISS programme manager James Allen said that JARVISS was developed in 2018 and is designed to collect information regarding any possible threats against the army. The anti-terrorism technology was developed after the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.

Previously, different installation-specific profiles based on the various threats available were developed.

Vereen said that ‘the desktop and mobile app’ can store open-source threat information from over 80,000 sources such as social media, news, blogs and government agencies. It can also store unclassified army data.

JARVISS translates the information into actionable data, which will aid commanders in real-time decision-making.

Vereen added: “As the army phases into a steady state of operations, JARVISS has the capability of assessing the Covid-19 threat.

“It’s providing commanders with the tools needed to make appropriate decisions, and balancing readiness with the health and safety of the force is critical to our success.”