KTMB testing heat scanning helmets for police on patrol

A KTMB auxiliary police officer donning a smart helmet that can detect passengers’ temperatures, while patrolling inside a train at the KL Sentral station. — NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star

As the pandemic heats up, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) is equipping auxiliary policemen with temperature scanning helmets.

On its Facebook page, the national rail system stated the police would be patrolling with helmets to detect passengers’ temperature, to spot those with overly high body temperature, a potential sign of Covid-19 infection.

This was in addition KTMB’s other measures to curb the virus’s spread, including temperature scanners in stations, hand sanitisers and regular train sanitation.

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

It stated that the helmets were still on trial and being evaluated for its effectiveness.

Following the reimplementation of conditional movement control order (MCO) in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, KTMB said it would still be allowing people to travel across districts and states on its trains.

A spokesman was reported saying that its staff did not have the power to check passengers for the required documents to travel.

This included an employer’s letter to travel inter-district for work or police consent for interstate travel and for those going to and from Covid-19 affected districts.

However, passengers would have to produce the necessary documentation should the police come onboard to conduct checks.

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