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React Native Library For Contact Tracing Over BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) To Fight COVID-19 Pandemic






WIP Library - Don't Use in Production


This is a react-native library for tracing close contact between 2 mobile devices by exchanging tokens over BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy).

The library eventually will do the following:

  1. Advertise messages with specific service_uuid and generated token
  2. Scan for for BLE signals with a specific service_uuid and store the relevant data into local device storage
  3. Provide simple API for JS to init these tasks in background and retrieve the scanned tokens

This is temporary implementation until Google & Apple will release the full Contact Tracing API solution.

Working plan

Functionality | Andorid | iOS | :------------ | :-------------| :-------------| Scan in foreground | :white_check_mark: | :white_check_mark: | Advertise in foreground | :white_check_mark: | :white_check_mark: | Scan in background | :white_check_mark: | TODO | Advertise in background | :white_check_mark: | TODO | Save scanned data into local DB | :white_check_mark: | WIP | Return scanned data to JS | :white_check_mark: | TODO | Pass scannng & advertising configuration from JS (intervals..) | :white_check_mark: | TODO | Integration with tokens provider |TODO|TODO| Deal with permissions and reboot/app update |WIP|TODO| Tests |TODO|TODO|] Features for rssi calibration (GPS, Proximity) |WIP|TODO|

Getting started

How to run the example project

npm install
cd example/ios
pod install
For Android - npm run android 
For iOS - npm run ios

In Android - Click on Request Location Permission button


yarn add rn-contact-tracing


npm install rn-contact-tracing --save


include ':rn-contact-tracing'
project(':rn-contact-tracing').projectDir = new File(rootProject.projectDir, '../node_modules/rn-contact-tracing/lib/android')


dependencies {
   implementation project(":rn-contact-tracing")


On top, where imports are:

import com.wix.specialble.SpecialBlePackage;

Add the RNLocationPackage class to your list of exported packages.

protected List<ReactPackage> getPackages() {
    return Arrays.asList(
            List<ReactPackage> packages = new PackageList(this).getPackages();
            packages.add(new SpecialBlePackage());

Supported Platforms

  • iOS 10+
  • Android API 21+






Sets configuration options that will be used in scanning & advertising tasks.


| Name | Type | Required | Description | | ------ | ------ | -------- | ----------- | | config | object | Yes | See below. |

Supported options:

  • serviceUUID - the ServiceUUID which identify the BLE broadcast you are going to advertise and scan for.
  • scanDuration - scanning duration in milisec
  • scanInterval - the time in milisec between every scan
  • advertiseDuration - advertising duration in milisec (up to 180000ms)
  • advertiseInterval - the time in milisec between every advertising

For Android

  • advertiseTXPowerLevel - advertise TX power level docs
  • scanMatchMode - match mode for Bluetooth LE scan filters hardware match docs
  • notificationTitle - the title of the foreground service notification
  • notificationContent - the content of the foreground service notification


   SpecialBle.getConfig((config) => {

Gets the scanning & advertising configuration options that are currently defined in the library



Starts BLE background task scanning for a specific - config is optional



Stops the background service and all the tasks the service executing



Starts BLE scanning in foreground - config is optional



Starts BLE scanning



Starts BLE advertising in foreground - config is optional



Stops BLE advertising

getScansByKey(token, callback)

 SpecialBle.getScansByKey(token, (scans) => {

Get list of scans events for a specific token, each object contains:

  • scan_id - unique id
  • scan_timestamp - epoch time of the scan event in
  • public_key - token key
  • scan_address - scaned device address
  • scan_rssi - rssi strength
  • scan_tx - tx strength
  • scan_protocol - the protocol used to scan the data (currently GAP/GATT)


 SpecialBle.getAllDevices((devices) => {

Get list of unique devices that were scanned, each object contains:

  • device_first_timestamp - epoch time of the first scan event
  • device_last_timestamp - epoch time of the last scan event
  • public_key - token key
  • device_address - scaned device address
  • device_rssi - rssi strongest value
  • device_tx - tx strongest value
  • device_protocol - the protocol used to scan the data (currently GAP/GATT)



Export the full Scans events DB to csv file



Export the full Devices DB to csv file



Clear all scanned devices



Clear all scans

Events from Native to JS

  • scanningStatus - event can be true/false
  • advertisingStatus - event can be true/false
  • foundDevice - event has 2 params: {event.device_name, event.device_address}
  • error - {event.error_message}
Why did we build this lib?

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, several groups and health authorities released apps that will help to identify and notify people that are at risk of exposure.

Some of these apps are written with RN and based on tracking user location which is not enough such as Hamagen, and they willing to add BLE based functionality.

There are lots of great libs that expose ble functionality for RN, i.e react-native-ble-plx & react-native-ble-manager but we wanted reduce the amount of dependancies as much as possible and exectue very specfic BLE functionality in background.

In addition, we looked at several great apps written for the same purpose in native, but each one of them is not written in a way that we could use as a stand-alone library. OpenTrace) - includes the full business logic (UI..) that we don't want to use. DP^3T Project - include cryptography logic that we prefer to replace

Privacy (what do we advertise and save to DB)





  • ....