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KTMB Testing Thermal Helmet Scanners to Curb COVID-19
October 14, 2020 News


As COVID-19 continues to be a concern in public areas, many companies are trying their best to reduce the amount of physical contact people need when doing their tasks. This includes having more facial recognition scanners, using digital payment options and automated temperature scanners as well.

While these can be easily controlled in large buildings and offices, some areas may be challenging. For example, if you’re using public transport like the MRT or LRT in Malaysia, it is pretty much impossible to know if someone close to you on the train has the virus.

To curb this, train companies have limited the number of users in each cart to ensure social distancing is well practice. But even with that, the chances of getting infected is still present. Fortunately, there have been no cases in Malaysia so far whereby a person was infected by using the train services in the city. However, there have been several cases of airline and bus passengers spreading the virus.

In Malaysia, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB), the interstate rail and city commuter provider, is taking extra precautions to ensure all their passengers are safe and protected. The company have been spacing out passengers and have now also invested in wearable helmets that can be used to scan passengers temperature.

The company announced that they are now testing smart helmets on its auxiliary police force to help them curb the spread of COVID-19 among train passengers. The helmets are equipped with a built-in thermal scanner to measure the body temperature. A small infrared camera installed in the helmet also captures passengers body heat information. The data is then projected directly to the AR glasses, allowing the officers to single out possible carriers with a 5m radius. If the helmet detects a high temperature, it will set off a siren.

According to reports, the helmet may be the KC N901, which is the same one used by authorities in China, Italy and Holland. Made by Shenzhen-based KC Wearable, the helmet can measure temperatures of up to 200 people per minute. Equipped with an arm Cortex A53-based octa-core processor, the Android-based helmet can also be used for facial recognition as well as to read vehicle registration number plate, and QR code.