KTM (Keretapi Tanah Melayu) is turning to technology to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The company announced over social media that it has started equipping members of the auxiliary police that patrol its station and trains with new temperature scanner helmets.
The train service provider said the helmets will assist officers on duty as an early detection tool for possible symptomatic COVID-19 patients. Those with a body temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius and above can be quickly detected and isolated from commuters.
According to KTM, the helmets are still undergoing pilot testing to evaluate their effectiveness. It hopes that the initiative will increase the confidence of commuters when using the train.
KTM said it is still carrying out existing procedures like temperature checks at stations as well as providing hand sanitisers for the convenience of passengers. It also conducts frequent sanitisation of its trains.
Currently, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya are under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) from 14 October to 27 October 2020. Public transport services including train services are still running during the CMCO period. Members of the public are advised to frequently wash their hands, socially distance themselves and wear a face mask.
So, what do you think of this new temperature scanning helmet by KTM? Would it put your mind at ease knowing that such tools exist to help officers detect commuters with symptoms or is it just weird? Let us know in the comments section below.