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Central Railway installs in-house robots to combat COVID-19 for thermal screening of passengers
These robotic devices are thermal-based screening systems that use heat sensors to read and record body temperatures.
In a bid to raise awareness and set an example of combating COVID-19 using technology, the Central Railway is using in-house robots and robotic devices for thermal screening of passengers at stations. This effective use of technology, will be helping the frontline staff in dealing with passengers and treating coronavirus cases in a safe and efficient manner. To ensure a COVID free and safe journey for its passengers, this portal of Indian Railways has introduced the ‘Febri Eye’ and the robotic ‘Captain Arjun’ that will help in screening of the passengers.
As per an official statement, these robotic devices are thermal-based screening systems that use heat sensors to read and record body temperatures. The Febri Eye is an installed camera which screens passengers who pass through, whereas Captain Arjun is a moving device which requires the passenger to scan themselves. In addition, Captain Arjun has an audio-visual facility, sensor-based sanitiser and mask dispenser and is equipped with wheels to sanitise the flooring too.In order to ensure a safe ticketing process, the Central Railway made use of Automated Ticketing Managing Access (ATMA) which included ticket checking with no manual intervention.
“A mobile app called Checkin Master with OCR and QR code scanning facility was also launched to help ticket checking personnel to check PRS issued reserved tickets in a safe manner. Besides this app can also be used to mark attendance and real time monitoring of ticket checking staff.A portable neckband Public Address System with portable amplifier and microphone helps in enabling the frontline staff to communicate with passengers like giving important instructions, regulating passengers, following social distancing,” it said.
The Central Railway said that in order to prevent infection through luggage and other forms of contact, it has started automated baggage wrapping and sanitization facility at major stations like CSMT, Dadar, LTT and Nagpur. In addition, a Foot Operated Hand Wash Vending Machine (FHVM) dispensing liquid handwash and water with zero contact was also installed for the benefit of passengers at CSMT with CSR support.In order to facilitate passengers to monitor their health parameters quickly before and while journey, ‘Health ATM Kiosks’ have been installed at suburban stations namely LTT, Thane, Kalyan and is in the process of installing the same at other stations too.
“These kiosks are equipped with basic lab testing and emergency facilities and will be staffed by a medical attendant where commuters can get 16 to 18 types of health check-ups including Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Body Mass Index (BMI) and other health metrics at nominal charges,” it said.Moreover, the Central Railway has made effective use of robotic devices for treating and serving patients at Railway Hospitals.