South Korea installs 'smart shelters' to stop coronavirus spreading on public transport

Authorities in the South Korean capital Seoul have installed a series of new smart bus stops that check commuters for coronavirus and will deny them entry if they have a temperature. To enter the high-tech, fortified shelter, passengers must stand in front of an automated, thermal-imaging camera. If their temperature exceeds 37.5 C, they are barred from entering and boarding a bus. The glass-walled booths, known as ‘smart shelters’, also have UV disinfectant lamps built into the air-conditioning units, simultaneously killing the virus and cooling the air. Despite the fact the novel coronavirus spreads more easily indoors than outdoors, local officials in the Seongdong district of the capital have chosen to install the covered shelters to provide citizens respite from Seoul’s brutal summer weather. Monsoon rains provide little relief from the crushing heat and humidity. Jeong Mi-rang, an official in Seongdong, told CNN the purpose of the shelters is to provide “an environment where people can escape scorching weather and pouring rain while preventing virus infections.”

South Korea installs 'smart shelters' to stop coronavirus spreading on public transport

South Korea installs 'smart shelters' to stop coronavirus spreading on public transportAuthorities in the South Korean capital Seoul have installed a series of new smart bus stops that check commuters for coronavirus and will deny them entry if they have a temperature. To enter the high-tech, fortified shelter, passengers must stand in front of an automated, thermal-imaging camera. If their temperature exceeds 37.5 C, they are barred from entering and boarding a bus. The glass-walled booths, known as ‘smart shelters’, also have UV disinfectant lamps built into the air-conditioning units, simultaneously killing the virus and cooling the air. Despite the fact the novel coronavirus spreads more easily indoors than outdoors, local officials in the Seongdong district of the capital have chosen to install the covered shelters to provide citizens respite from Seoul’s brutal summer weather. Monsoon rains provide little relief from the crushing heat and humidity. Jeong Mi-rang, an official in Seongdong, told CNN the purpose of the shelters is to provide “an environment where people can escape scorching weather and pouring rain while preventing virus infections.”