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Open API Service in Aarogya Setu

  • IASbaba
  • August 31, 2020
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Open API Service in Aarogya Setu

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-III – Technology

In News:

  • The government has announced a new feature ‘Open API Service’ for Aarogya Setu app.

Key takeaways 

  • Through the new feature, organizations can take informed decisions regarding the presence of employees in office and the need to explore work from home.
  • Thus, risk of contracting is reduced.
  • Entities which are registered in India and have more than 50 employees can avail this feature. 
  • No other personal data except the user’s name and status shall be provided through the API.

Important value additions 

Application Programming Interface (API) 

  • It is an interface that can be used to program software that interacts with an existing application.
  • Open Source API is made publicly available to software developers.

APIs Vs. Web Services

  • Every web service is an API but not every API is a web service. 
  • While APIs can be online or offline, web services must use a network.
  • While APIs can use any protocols or design styles, web services usually use specific protocols.
  • Web services are less prone to hacking than API.

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