The coronavirus pandemic has made social distancing and contactless services the new norms. Every industry be it travel and tourism, hospitality or even restaurants are incorporating new guidelines to maintain social distancing and contactless services. When it comes to Mumbai, railway stations are now all set to get automated screens to check travellers’ tickets and body temperature. Earlier, The Railway Protection Force of Central Railway, Pune Division introduced a robot to screen temperatures of passengers to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Western Railways Introduces Automated Screening Systems To Check Tickets & Temperatures Of Passengers
Western Railway will introduce Automated Ticket Checking and Managing Access (ATMA) at Mumbai Central, Borivali and, Bandra Terminus railway stations. According to Hindustan Times, Central Railway will install these automated screens at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Kalyan railway station for outstation travellers. On June 5, Central Railway commence this ATMA system at its Nagpur railway station. Currently, Mumbai runs special suburban train services for essential service providers since June 15.
These ATMA screens will not only undertake thermal screening. It will also check if passengers are wearing masks apart from screening validity of their train tickets. The set-up of ATMA screens aims at restricting physical contact between railway employees and passengers amid the pandemic. Apart from railway employees, Railway Protection Force personnel will also be deployed to monitor the process. Passengers must sanitize their hands to board the trains after screening.
— Central Railway (@Central_Railway) June 9, 2020
The screening device shall scan the temperature of passengers once they approach it. Passengers must wear their face masks. It should be visible to the screen and to the railway employees visible. After this, passengers must show their tickets in front of the installed HD camera. On completion of verification, the ATMA system directs passengers to proceed ahead through the two-way mic system.
Central Railways Also Installed Thermal Cameras To Screen Temperatures At Real-Time
But that’s not all, Central Railways has gone another step ahead to prevent the risk of infection amongst passengers. It installed an artificial intelligence body screening facility at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Known as “FebriEye” thermal cameras they screen the temperatures of passengers. These are non-intrusive monitoring systems that carry our thermal screening in real-time. So no passengers suffering from high fever can enter the railway stations courtesy the “FebriEye” thermal cameras.
Artificial Intelligence based camera thermometers guard CSMT and LTT. #COVID
— Central Railway (@Central_Railway) June 14, 2020
The Central Railway states “FebriEye uses heat sensors that can record heat generated by the body of a person or an object to create a 2D image with different temperature levels. “When passengers pass before the cameras, anyone with a temperature above the set range will be shown in a different colour pattern than the rest on the computer screen connected to the cameras.”
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