ETH Zurich had set up and operated the initial ARC platform since the middle of March 2020. At this time, numerous important matches, e.g. for PCR machines and reagents, were established. As the needs of the epidemiological situation evolved, the Blue Brain Project and ETH Zurich collaborated to create a new version of the platform which made the matchmaking process simpler and reduced the number of human interventions required.
Importantly, it made the requests and supplies more immediate, and thus the matches could be exactly tailored to overcome specific, high-priority blockages or shortages on the testing side.
In this new version, Apptitude contributed our know-how in the conception and design of the interface. Furthermore, our particular experience in the development of complex matchmaking systems, which combined with the computational expertise of the Blue Brain team allowed the creation of a powerful and efficient ‘matchmaking’ system to meet the particular needs for testing for COVID-19.