Hamad International Airport (HIA) has optimised passenger and employee safety by adopting the very latest technologies to facilitate post COVID-19 travel.
The travel hub will now be using robotics and advanced thermal screening helmets, as well as various other initiatives, such as disinfection procedures, to ensure safe travel.
Chief operating officer, HIA, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer explained: “HIA has adapted to the changes brought on by the spread of COVID-19 on the world, especially on the travel sector. Recovery plans have been put in place with priority given to the safety and comfort of travellers and employees. These plans include the use of the latest advanced technology to achieve the highest safety standards for the future travel experience.”
Those travelling to and from HIA will be screened using thermal and temperature screening. The Smart Screening Helmet is a wearable intelligent helmet, which is portable, safe and effective, and enables contactless temperature measurement. This helmet uses multiple advanced technologies such as infrared thermal imaging, artificial intelligence and AR (augmented reality) display. It can also enable implementation of mobile deployment-based control scenarios.
Adding to this, HIA will be utilising state-of-the-art, fully autonomous disinfectant robots, which emit concentrated UV-C light to eliminate the majority of infectious microorganisms. The robots are being deployed in vulnerable high passenger flow areas to reduce the spread of pathogens. Complementing this initiative, hand sanitisers will also be readily available at key locations and the airport will still practice 1.5m social distancing through floor markings, signage and distance seating. All HIA retail and food and beverage outlets will encourage cashless transactions through cards and are considering introducing online or in-app purchases in the future.
Other initiatives HIA has invested in include ultraviolet disinfection tunnels that will be used to disinfect all checked-in passenger luggage (departing, arriving and transferring). The airport will also conduct regular disinfection of all baggage trolleys and tubs, and will continue to emphasise the need for masks and gloves. A face mask detection system will automatically detect if everyone is wearing masks.
Finally, the airport will continue cleaning and disinfecting all high contact areas every 10-15 minutes.