KTMB tests thermal scanner smart helmet

Smart security: KTMB auxiliary police officers wearing smart helmets guarding the train door as a passenger disembarks. — NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star

PETALING JAYA: The fight against Covid-19 is going high tech with Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) testing smart helmets with thermal scanners to ensure its riders are healthy.

The smart helmet is able to detect a person’s body temperature from up to 3m away with 99.9% accuracy, claimed KTMB strategic communications head Ahmad Asri Khalbi.

If a person has a higher than normal body temperature, a potential sign of Covid-19 infection, the helmet will alert its user.

The helmets, which can last up to seven hours on a rechargeable battery, are on loan from a local company, said Ahmad Asri.

They are being tested only at the KL Sentral station and on the Komuter and ETS trains.

In a Facebook post, the company said the helmets are meant to complement the static thermal machine which scans commuters before they enter the station.

“Hopefully the methods implemented will increase the confidence of passengers to use KTMB services,” it said in the post.
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