Etihad to trial self-service medical scanners
The technology could potentially identify the early stages of COVID-19
Etihad Airways will partner with Australian technology company Elenium Automation to trial self-service medical screening.
The contactless devices will be able to monitor users’ temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate, Etihad has said the technology could potentially be used to identify early stages of COVID-19 in passengers.
Elenium’s system will automatically suspend the users’ self-service check-in or bag drop process if it registers that the vital signs of the user indicate an illness. It will then divert to a teleconference or alert staff on site to make further assessments.
Etihad Airways VP for hub and Midfield operations Jorg Oppermann said: “This technology is not designed or intended to diagnose medical conditions. It is an early warning indicator which will help to identify people with general symptoms, so that they can be further assessed by medical experts, potentially preventing the spread of some conditions to others preparing to board flights to multiple destinations.“
Elenium Automation CEO and co-founder Aaron Homlimann added: “We believe this approach is a world first. Elenium has lodged patents for both the automatic detection of illness symptoms at an aviation self-service touchpoint, and touchless self-service technology at an airport. Combined, this would ensure health screenings can become standard across airports, without putting staff in harm with manual processes.”
The carrier will initially trial the technology at Abu Dhabi International Airport from the end of April and throughout May.