About the project

The project “Maré” – Anonymous Mobilization of Return to normality to mitigate the covid-19 epidemic – is a versatile platform for digital tracking of people that can be used to respond to the various problems caused by the pandemic – and not only – and protects the privacy of citizens.

The idea for this project arose when the project team asked themselves “how technology can help citizens in a pandemic situation?”. The team put the citizens and not the authorities at the center of the problem and helped to “return to normal” in a safe and reliable way after the State of Emergency.

The research team use modern technologies for developing applications in Flutter and Dart for the development of the platform. It also includes contact detection solutions that are not intrusive or involve sharing user data, for example, using Wi-Fi. Other dynamics may be incorporated in the platform, namely the voluntary involvement of selected groups of users who will help answer questions posed by doctors, duly approved by an ethics committee since the project has a perspective of citizen science. The idea of “Maré” is to serve as a platform for tests located in specific communities and not a general and universal solution.

“Maré” aims to be an open and available experimentation platform for civil and scientific communities, not only in the context of COVID-19. The Regional Government of Madeira has already access to our platform and will adapt it to support re-opening of tourism in the Islands.

The project is composed of a multidisciplinary team that involves designers, computer engineers, psychologists, and public health doctors. “Maré” was selected by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) – “RESEARCH 4 COVID -19 ” (2nd edition) and received a €40,000 funding. The project is coordinated by Nuno Jardim Nunes (Técnico / Interactive Technologies Institute (ITI / LARSyS)).




  • Instituto Superior Técnico
  • Interactive Technologies Institute (ITI / LARSyS)
  • Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores – Investigação e Desenvolvimento (INESC-ID)
  • Institute of Public Health, University of Porto (ISPUP)
  • Instituto de Administração da Saúde da Madeira


  • Digital tracking
  • Security
  • Privacy