|27 July 2016|

IBM is providing powerful technology to key stakeholders and organisations working on the frontline in the fight against the deadly Zika virus.

The tech giant is providing technology and talent to Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a research institution affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Health and one the most prominent science and technology health institution in Latin America. Fiocruz plans to help track the spread of Zika by using technology developed by IBM to analyse clues ranging from anecdotal observations recorded by the general public on social media, to official data about human travel patterns.

Other Zika-related efforts supported by IBM include the OpenZika project running on IBM’s World Community Grid, a virtual, crowdsourced supercomputer that IBM created. A free app is available for download that automatically provides to researchers the unused computing power on volunteers’ computers or Android devices.