Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Sensors to check crowding at airport

New Delhi: To enforce social distancing at Indira Gandhi International Airport, the operator, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), will soon be installing sensors to map the total number of people in a room or a queue. An alarm will sound each time the number exceeds the value set in the system. A source said trials are currently being conducted for implementing this technology.
DIAL CEO Videh Kumar Jaipuriar had mentioned this technology in a webinar, which was also attended by Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri, last week. “For instance, if a washroom already has the set number of people, an alarm will sound if another person enters. This will indicate that no one can enter until a person exits. This can be an effective way of managing crowds,” he had said.
A source said the technology would be installed in the ceiling and small laser beams would be projected down vertically, creating a virtual grid of the room. Each individual would be treated as a “dot” or a value in the system. The alarm would ring if the predefined value was exceeded.

“If the value for a washroom is set at four, an alarm will ring as soon as a fifth person enters,” said a source, adding that a similar technology was being used in immigration to help identify the time it would take to reach the counter.

DIAL did not comment on when the technology would be implemented at IGI airport. Officials privy to the development said this won’t be the last addition to the technologies being introduced for the safety of passengers.
24/06/20 Pankhuri Yadav/Times of India

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