LRMC Rolls out Thermal Screening System at LRT-1 Stations
by Inside Manila Team, June 10, 2020 9:00pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
As part of its serious commitment to enforce health and safety measures against COVID-19, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has deployed new thermal cameras at select high-traffic LRT-1 stations for use in entry screening. LRT-1 resumed its operations last 1 June 2020 after receiving the green light from the government under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) guidelines.
The forward-looking infrared (FLIR) detects the infrared energy invisible to the human eye that people and objects emit. An automatic alarm is triggered with red color notification if the temperature is higher than the settings. The FLIR thermal scanning system is currently used in hospitals, establishments, and schools in Taiwan–one of the countries recognized for their most effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The thermal screening system will be used at six (6) LRT-1 stations: Monumento (Northbound), Roosevelt, Doroteo Jose, Gil Puyat (Southbound), Edsa (Southbound), and Baclaran. The ones for Baclaran and EDSA have already been deployed, while the rest will be installed in the succeeding week.
LRMC has also upgraded its disinfection measures using Ultraviolet C (UVC) technology, in a technical partnership with UP National Engineering Center (UPNEC). LRMC currently uses prototype handheld and 360-degree UVC lamps from UPNEC, as well as the 180-degree UVC lamps procured from Taiwan to complement chemical disinfection of trains and other facilities.
Other safety measures such as disinfecting mats, hygiene supply provisions, and daily health checks for all visitors and staff at LRT-1 stations, facilities, and the depot are also provided. LRMC also ensures that it is up to date with the passenger, sanitation, and safety promotion guidelines required for operation by the Inter-Agency Task Force.
Preventive and maintenance work for the line have also been undertaken during the downtime, all of which were done in accordance with the IATF's work safety guidelines to ensure improved service.