TM deploys health screening solutions at 17 schools to enable faster screening of students

Public schools in Malaysia will reopen from 24th June for students that are taking public exams this year. Telekom Malaysia (TM) are hoping to assist the schools in providing a safer environment and ensure the health and safety of the students and teachers—to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

In collaboration with Ministry of Education (MOE), TM will install smart digital health screening and monitoring solutions with real-time temperature updates for up to 100 persons a minute within the range of between 1 meter to 3 meters.

Currently, there are two solutions used in schools. The ‘TM ONE Predictive Analytics Screening Solution’ (ONE PASS) will be used in five schools. The Early Warning, Alert and Response system (EWAR) are used at 12 schools.

What is ‘EWAR’?

The Early Warning, Alert and Response system is a solution developed by TM Research & Development. It is able to measure and mass detect individuals with high body temperature in crowded areas, which will let the school administrators scan students’ temperatures without contact in a fast and accurate manner.

By installing EWAR at schools, the staff will be able to smoothly and efficiently move through the screening process as the solution is able to rapidly mass screen between 10 – 15 individuals per second simultaneously. In addition, this solution would also allow them to reduce their manpower requirements.

It was originally used at the quarantine and treatment centres, and also comes with cloud-based software and mobile application. All information captured by the camera to be shared and escalated in real-time to any relevant authorities for planning and emergency response purposes.

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The 12 schools that have EWAR installed are in the Bangsar/Pudu District Education Office (PPDBP) area. These schools also received 50 sets of 3D printed face shields, created by the TM 3Ducation 3D printing module, which is part of the TM Future Skills programme. The company also gave 150 sets of 3D printed face shields to SMK Paya Rumput in Melaka.

What is ‘ONE PASS’?

ONE PASS is also contactless health screening and monitoring solution, and is basically a mixture of the EWAR and the Visitor Management System (VMS). The VMS is an employee/visitor management app capable of storing 25,000 user profiles and allows for on-premise tracking. The data can also be integrated into the schools’ attendance system. The data from VMS and the thermal cameras are hosted “in a secured TM ONE data centre”, according to TM.

‘ONE PASS’ has already been installed at three schools—SMK Taman Tun Dr Ismail, SMK Presint 16 (1), and Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah—has been completed. The installation at the other two schools—Sekolah Menengah Sains Teluk Intan and Tahfiz Ma’ahad An Noer are expected to be completed by 29th June.

“The solutions will enable teachers to conduct teaching and learning activities as smooth as possible, whilst providing assurance to the parents on the students’ health and safety. We will continue to expand the deployment to more schools as we continuously adapt our services and solutions for our customers and Malaysians in general in going through this unprecedented period,” said Izlyn Ramli, Vice President of TM’s Group Brand and Communication.

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While both solutions are very similar, ‘ONE PASS’ has more features. There is no information yet about other schools that haven’t had any solutions installed.

Dzamira Dzafri