Sunday, June 14, 2020

Chennai airport tries out new thermal scanner

Chennai: Chennai airport is trying out a thermal imaging sensor to gauge temperature of passengers walking into the departure terminal.

The camera-based sensor with face-detection feature has been installed on a trial basis at gate 3 of domestic departure terminal.

It has been installed inside the terminal facing the entry gate and it detects faces of passengers and also uses a sensor to read the temperature. If people have high temperatures, they will be shown in red on the monitor.

“If it is working without a glitch for a few months, AAI may take a decision to procure and install it at its airports. Private airports are also trying out the system,” said an official.

He also said, “Thermal imaging scanners makes it easy to scan temperature when the number of people walking in is high. Now, handheld scanners are used. But it will cause delays in the check in process when flight schedules return to normal and still there is a need to check the temperature of passengers.” The departure terminal used to handle around 10,000 passengers during peak hours in the preshutdown days.

“The thermal imaging scanner is also one of the many contactless new technologies or procedures that is being tried out at the airport. The UV ray baggage disinfecting mechanism was one such innovation.”

Private players have suggested different types of thermal scanners for passengers including a door-frame type one. There are also scanners with artificial intelligence that can track people in a crowd.
14/06/20 V Ayaappan/Times of India
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