As social distancing has become a norm in the pandemic times, an innovative device, ‘ Automated Ticket Checking & Managing Access machine (ATMA)’ has now been installed at Bhubaneswar railway station with a view to reduce an array of contact procedures.
While maintaining minimum physical contact, the machine can easily check body temperature, face masks, ticket details and identity card of passengers from a distance.
ATMA has been installed at the Bhubaneswar Railway Station by Paradip Phosphates Limited. Senior officials of Bhubaneswar Railway Station informed that the ATMA system is a high-tech equipment fitted with cameras and sensors.
It has been installed at the entry point of the station. A designated place has been fixed for passengers to stand and after they show their ticket along with their photo ID, the images are scanned.
The officials managing the machine can easily verify the particulars of the passengers’ tickets. As everything gets displayed on the monitor/screen of the operators, it helps them to easily verify the details. Once the ticket verification is done, the passengers are allowed to enter the station premises for further screening.
Bhubaneswar Station Director, Chitaranjan Nayak said, “ATMA machine can easily inform the passengers whether their ticket has been confirmed or not. This will help the railway staff, who are physically verifying tickets, to be safe from any kind of infection. The thermal screening of passengers can also be done with the help of the machine.”
According to Nayak, the machine will be installed at Puri railway station in subsequent phases.