COVID surveillance: Tender for thermal cameras to detect physique temp to be opened Friday

New Delhi, September 10

The railways’ formidable plan of putting in thermal cameras at stations throughout its community to display passengers for coronavirus appears to be lastly taking form, with the tender for his or her charges opening on Friday.

The cameras that detect a passenger’s physique temperature have helped Central Railways, one of many few zones to have such cameras, to disclaim boarding to round 30 passengers since they had been put in at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) from June-end.

The preliminary expression of curiosity tender floated by RailTel for these COVID-19 surveillance cameras needed to be scrapped after Indian corporations alleged that the tender specs favoured a Chinese firm. Later, it was floated once more with revised specs.

The railways stated that these cameras are the necessity of the hour as a bigger footfall is anticipated at stations and correct cameras are wanted to cater to temperature and screening necessities.

A RailTel spokesperson confirmed that the tender can be opened on Friday at three pm.

The specs for cameras embrace temperature screening with facial recognition, simultaneous temperature screening of a number of folks, detecting whether or not persons are carrying masks and elevating well timed alarms for these not carrying them.

It additionally features a essential specification referred to as “black body” temperature which the flexibility of the cameras to precisely measure temperatures emitted by an individual to seek out out whether or not she has a fever or not.

The Central Railway is utilizing FebriEye thermal cameras which detect temperatures of a number of folks getting into a premise without delay and report their temperature robotically even because the passengers carry on shifting, stated Chief Public Relations Officer (Central Railway) Shivaji Sutar.

“Presently all passengers boarding mail/specific trains at CSMT and LTT are being scanned by FebriEye at entry factors for larger temperature earlier than going to the platform for boarding. All railway employees and officers coming for obligation at these two main stations are additionally being screened via this AI (Artificial Intelligence)-based digicam.

“Till date, twenty-eight such passengers have been detected with above normal body temperature and advised for medical check up besides further necessary action. They were not allowed to travel,” he stated.

FebriEye is an AI-based thermal screening system for actual time, automated and non-intrusive monitoring to make sure that an individual doesn’t have a excessive fever.

FebriEye is supplied with “Black Body”, a continuing temperature supply that ensures accuracy in temperature readings of as much as 0.three diploma Celsius (+/-).

While the initiative to put in such cameras turned a necessity after the coronavirus pandemic, the railways was already on its method to utterly overhaul safety at railway stations via using facial recognition know-how backed by synthetic intelligence.

It additionally deliberate to hyperlink the facial recognition system (FRS) with current databases such because the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) to determine criminals prowling railway stations.

Other than Central Railways, North Frontier Railway zone, South Western zone and Southern Railways have floated tenders for such cameras. Thermal bullet cameras have additionally been put in at Hyderabad and Secunderabad stations. PTI


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