South Korea installs anti-virus bus shelters with temperature sensors and UV lamps

South Korea installs anti-virus bus shelters with temperature sensors and UV lamps

South Korea installs anti-virus bus shelters with temperature sensors and UV lamps

Glass-walled booths in Seoul won’t let you in unless your temperature is normal

South Korea has opened a high-tech new front in the battle against coronavirus, fortifying bus shelters in the capital with temperature-checking doors and ultraviolet disinfection lamps.

To enter, passengers must stand in front of an automated thermal-imaging camera, and the door will slide open only if their temperature is below 37.5C.

A separate camera is installed lower down to test children.

Inside the glass-walled booths – which cost about 100m won ($84,000) each – the air-conditioning systems have ultraviolet lamps installed to kill viruses at the same time as cooling the air. Free wifi is also included.

A dispenser provides hand sanitiser, and users are advised to wear face masks at all times, while keeping at least one metre apart from others.

Ten advanced facilities have been installed in a north-eastern district of Seoul, offering protection from monsoon rains and summer heat as well as Covid-19.

The booth features live traffic data to ensure passengers do not miss their bus. 
<Photograph: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images>

“We have installed all the available anti-coronavirus measures we can think of into this booth,” said Kim Hwang-yun, a district official in charge of the Smart Shelter project.

Since they were installed last week, each booth has been used by about 300 to 400 people a day, Kim said.

To ensure passengers do not miss their bus, a panel displays estimated arrival times while a screen livestreams the traffic outside.

Kim Ju-li, a 49-year-old housewife using the new bus stop for the first time, said: “I feel really safe in here because I know others around me had their temperatures checked as well as me.”

South Korea endured one of the worst early coronavirus outbreaks outside China but brought it broadly under control with an extensive “trace, test and treat” programme while never imposing a compulsory lockdown.

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