ATMA machines to be installed in Bhubaneswar, Puri Railway station

Bhubaneswar: Automated Ticket Checking & Managing Access (ATMA) System installed at Bhubaneswar Railway station. This will help to manage the social distancing norm at crowded Railway Stations.

During the ongoing period COVID-Pandemic, it is a logistical challenge for the Railway authorities to ensure safe screening of passengers for temperature and also to check only bonafide passengers are entering into the Railway stations, by maintaing social distance between the passengers and the ticket checking staff deployed.

Keeping in view the safety of Passengers and Railway authorities, one Automatic Ticket Checking & Managing Access (ATMA) system installed at Bhubaneswar Railway station. The ATMA system is based Information technology (IT) which will support in effective screening of passengers for temperature and checking of tickets from a safe distance by staff at entry and exit points.

The ATMA sysystem is having four features i.e Bar code scanner to scan QR code of IRCTC based train tickets, One speaker, through which the passenger can speak out the PNR No, a Temperature scanner to measure the temperature of the passenger entering into the station and a camera which will ensure whether the passenger is wearing mask or not. The ticket checking staff deployed can check all the four parameters from a safe distance from passengers thus ensuring that only bonafide passengers are entering into the Railway station and also prevents the spread of COVID-19 infection.

This Automatic Ticket Checking & Managing Access (ATMA) system was provided by the Paradeep Phopate Limited (PPL), Bhubaneswar under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scheme at Bhubaneswar Railway station.

One more such ATMA system will be installed at Puri Railway station by PPL and one at Jajpur-Keonjhar road Railway station by Visa Steel Limited, Kalinga Nagar, Jajpur under CSR scheme in the recent future.

The Khurda road division is adopting every innovative scheme in consultation with the corporate setups for the safety of Passengers and staff.

Pune based Start-up firm ADD ONE has developed this unique equipment that provides touch less and smooth entry of passengers to the Railway platforms amid Corona pandemic. The machine digitally recognises a platform and allows passengers to enter to the platform on the basis of his Travel or Platform Ticket.

This will be immensely helpful for the passengers as well as the Railway authorities to have a very safe travel during Covid situation. Maintaining minimum contact, the ATMA machine checks Body Temperature, Face Mask, Ticket and Identity Card of passenger and enables Touch-Free Scrutiny of Passenger’s Credentials while following boarding guidelines.

Paradeep Phosphates Limited (PPL), a leading fertiliser manufacturing company will provide two such ATMA machines under its’ CSR activities which will be installed at Bhubaneswar and Puri Railway Stations.

The cost of both the machines is around Rs 4 lakh. PPL has expressed its happiness to be associated with such people centric initiatives of East Coast Railway. This machine has been installed at Sambalpur and Titilagarh Railway Stations, recently for contact less ticket checking and the thermal temperature scanning to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

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