Railways to deploy AI-enabled thermal screening

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  • Scanning every individual entering railway premises is crucial, says RailTel

As part of intensified measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Railways has asked the General Managers of Zonal Railways & Production Units to install thermal screening facility at the entry of all production units and workshops across the network where thousands of employees work.

According sanction to a proposal of RailTel, which also calls for installing Artificial Intelligence-powered thermal screening facility at major railway stations to detect and prevent people walking in with the infection, the Ministry said the solution would be an effective method to identify COVID-19 carriers.

In a note to the Indian Railways, the largest employer in the country, RailTel said unprecedented measures were being taken to protect the people from COVID-19. It was becoming clear that the combat against the virus could become a “long-drawn battle” where screening and social distancing would have to be enforced over an extended period of time till the discovery of an effective vaccine.

The Hindu
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