Kerala gets first thermal camera with face detection for fever screening through Shashi Tharoor

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Thiruvananthapuram: The first Thermal and Optical Imaging camera with Artificial Intelligence-powered face detection technology for fever screening has been procured for the state capital by Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor using his MPLADS fund. It was brought from Amsterdam by air to Bengaluru and then to the state capital by road.

The equipment was put in use at Thiruvananthapuram central railway station to screen the migrant labourers who boarded the train to Jharkhand on Saturday.

Following a discussion Tharoor's team had with district collector K Gopalakrishnan, it was brought to his notice that a Thermal imaging camera with face detection technology was urgently needed in the district to scan from a safe distance and isolate those potentially having fever.

The Thermal camera was procured from Amsterdam due to its unavailability in Asia and brought to India using multiple flight connections covering Cologne, Paris, Leipzig, Brussels, Bahrain and Dubai before finally reaching Bengaluru, from where it was shipped to Kerala, Tharoor said in a Facebook Post.

"The installation will be done at our Airport, Railway Station, MCH. Since all MPLADS funds have been exhausted, we are approaching other corporate groups to partner with us and the district administration to procure more of this highly sophisticated technological device prior to the huge influx of expatriates from the Middle East and other areas overseas," Tharoor said.

The camera costs Rs 5,60,986. With customs tax and travel expense a total of Rs 7.45 lakh was spent on it. It can be mounted on a tripod and used as a mobile unit. Any big crowd can be screened through it.

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