A color-coded e-pass system utilizing a cell phone has been developed by a expertise options firm in Kolkata for making certain that a maximum of 400 passengers board a Metro Railway train within the metropolis to preserve coronavirus well being security protocol after it resumes service.
Sanjay Chatterjee, community and safety options head of Ideation Technology, which was requested by the Metro authorities to develop the system, mentioned that a bot-based (internet robotic) expertise can be used to generate e-passes that can be colour-coded to ensure that solely authorised passengers enter the stations at a given time so as to preserve the maximum passenger rely.
“The main challenge was to come up with a solution which can be easily used by people – those who have smartphones and also those who have analogue phones; without installing any app,” he informed PTI.
“So we came up with a simple technology, we have developed a system similar to that of Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger, wherein one can start it by just clicking open a link,” Chatterjee mentioned.
He mentioned that a bot is getting used for the aim whereby it can ask the intending passenger his or her identify, the boarding station, vacation spot and the popular time slot.
A passenger can be given a whole of 5 questions, together with one on language possibility, which he has to reply utilizing the hyperlink within the cell phone.
Chatterjee mentioned that the passengers could have three language choices – Bengali, Hindi and English.
“The Metro authorities have told us that a maximum of 400 passengers can be carried in a train at any point of time, based on that either the chosen time slot will be given and if the number of passengers has already reached the threshold, a different time slot will be asked for from the intending passenger,” he mentioned, including that the method won’t take greater than 10 to 12 seconds.
Chatterjee mentioned that on the idea of availability, QR code can be generated instantly and e-pass can be given on-line to the person.
He mentioned that the e-passes can be color coded primarily based on the hourly time slots.
“The colour code will help easy validation by security personnel of the e-passes as per the time slots and thus avoid queues at the entry points at stations,” Chatterjee mentioned.
He mentioned that for instance, if yellow color code is getting used for a explicit hour slot, a passenger with a totally different colour-coded e-pass won’t be allowed to enter a station on the time.
The West Bengal authorities final week proposed growing a system to concern e-passes to commuters for coming into Metro Railway stations throughout a assembly between senior Metro and state officers to ensure upkeep of social distancing norms.
Senior officers of the Metro Railway and the state authorities met for the second time on Friday final to focus on the modalities concerning sustaining social distancing norms and crowd administration, in accordance to a Metro spokesperson.
The developer of the system for issuing e-passes defined it to the committee throughout the assembly, the spokesperson mentioned.
Metro Railway basic supervisor Manoj Joshi has mentioned that the ultimate date for resumption of town’s speedy transit system can be fastened shortly.
The Union Home Ministry has issued Unlock four pointers below which Metro railway providers in cities can be allowed to resume from September 7 in a graded method.
The West Bengal authorities had written to the Railway Board looking for resumption of Metro and suburban train providers in a restricted method sustaining the norms of bodily distancing and well being and hygiene protocols.
The state authorities has additionally issued an order permitting the Metro authorities to resume providers within the metropolis in a graded method from September 8.