West Midlands 5G is using smart cameras to monitor occupancy levels on buses and trains in real-time. This could enable dynamic scheduling (for example, the deployment of more buses to avoid overcrowding), and provide advisory notifications to passengers, helping to reassure people who may be nervous about returning to public transport amid Covid-19.
Further afield, the Guangzhou Goscuncn Robot Company has developed 5G robot monitors which have been deployed at airports in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xi’an and Guiyang. The robots monitor human temperatures and initiate a real-time response. The robots are autonomous but with 5G’s low latency, they can also be remotely operated.
In China, Baidu has developed several tools that can be effectively used to screen the population. This includes an AI-powered, non-contact infrared sensor system that provides users with rapid multi-person temperature monitoring to detect suspected fever.
This technology, powered by 5G, is being used in Beijing’s Qinghe Railway Station and can examine up to 200 people in one minute. Accurate mass screening can, therefore, be conducted without disrupting the passenger flow. Elsewhere, in China, Healthcare Buses have been using 5G-powered facial recognition enabled by AI and infrared thermal imaging cameras to alert the driver when a person with fever boards.
In the US, Boingo’s secure wireless network supports Chicago O'Hare airport’s proprietary biometrics system to process touchless passenger boarding. Other measures to manage contagion threat could include digital cameras and sensors to monitor the distances between passengers and staff; cleaning and maintenance (by way of ionisation, UV light technology and disinfecting robotic cleaning scrubbers); health check screening (including temperature checks by infrared scanners), and passenger communications (virtual queuing and digital signage).