The coronavirus pandemic continues around the world. From the beginning, new technologies have been called upon to try to limit the spread contamination, with more or less success. In addition to tracing applications, connected wristbands and AI-equipped surveillance cameras, a new type of headset has also appeared.
These are helmets equipped with a thermal camera that can measure the temperature of several people at once while keeping a certain distance.
After China, Dubai, and Italy, it is Malaysia’s turn to opt for this technology to try to strengthen its measures against coronavirus. Train company KTMB has indicated that police officers equipped with thermal-scanning helmets will patrol its stations and trains to take the temperature of commuters
After first trial, KTMB said on Facebook that the project is still at an experimental stage. The effectiveness of these helmets in the field has yet to be proven, but the company assures that this is an additional means to enhance the safety of commuters.
These helmets support the various measures put in place at stations and trains such as taking the temperature of visitors at the entrance to stations, the availability of hydro-alcoholic gel, and disinfection of trains. Eventually, if the results are conclusive, these famous helmets could be found all over the country
In practical terms, these devices are equipped with a thermal imaging camera that allows them to detect the body temperature of people up to two meters away. The temperatures detected are displayed on augmented reality goggles.
Although the KTMB does not specify the origin of the helmets, there is a good chance that they are those manufactured by the Chinese company KC Wearable. According to the latter, the thermal-scanning helmet would be accurate to about 0.3 degrees. The interest of these helmets had already been questioned since some people with coronavirus are asymptomatic. Widespread temperature reading is therefore not the ultimate solution to combat the spread of the virus.