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May 7, 2020

Heathrow to trial new technologies to minimise Covid-19 transmission

Heathrow Airport is set to trial new technologies and processes to cut down the risk of Covid-19 transmission amongst travellers.

Heathrow Airport is set to trial new technologies and processes to cut down the risk of Covid-19 transmission amongst travellers.

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The trial will form the basis of a Common International Standard for health screening at all global airports.

UV sanitation for sanitising security trays, facial recognition thermal screening technology to detect body temperature, and contact-free security screening equipment to minimise person-to-person contact are some of the new measures that will be tested by the airport.

Before implementing the new measures, they will be reviewed against Heathrow’s three tests to ensure that they are practical for airports to deliver and build consumer confidence.

The airport will also ensure that the new technologies and procedures are medically grounded.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Aviation is the cornerstone of the UK economy, and to restart the economy, the government needs to help restart aviation.

“The UK has the world’s third largest aviation sector, offering the platform for the government to take a lead in agreeing a Common International Standard for aviation health with our main trading partners. This standard is key to minimising transmission of Covid-19 across borders, and the technology we are trialling at Heathrow could be part of the solution.”

A temperature screening technology, which uses camera detection systems for monitoring the temperatures of people moving through the airport, will be the first trial to be implemented at Heathrow.

This technology will be first deployed at the airport’s immigration halls. Depending on the success rate, the equipment will then be rolled out to departures, connections and colleague search areas.

The trials are set to begin in the next two weeks in Terminal 2 of the airport.

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