Published: 08th September 2020
IIT Guwahati develops a first-of-its-kind self-check kiosk that can determine individuals with fever, low oxygen levels
The kiosk is a one-stop solution for checking if an individual is running a fever, low blood oxygen levels, therefore, potentially has COVID-19 or any another viral or bacterial infection
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati in collaboration with Workspace Metal Solutions Pvt Ltd, Udaipur, has developed a first-of-its-kind self-check kiosk. The small structure helps by streamlining the flow of people through the kiosk. The Kiosk only takes about 30 seconds to check whether the person safe to enter the premises or not. It is quick but very accurate contactless check which can determine if an individual is running a fever, low blood oxygen levels and, therefore, potentially has COVID-19 or any another viral or bacterial infection.
The self-check kiosk has been developed by Dr Senthilmurugan Subbiah, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Guwahati, and Puneet Talesara, Founder, Workspace Group, and alumnus of IIT Guwahati. The cost of a self-check kiosk varies from 3.5 lakh to 7.5 lakh depending on the specification and features. The product has already been commercialised. The Institute has also installed self-check kiosk at its campus as well. The team has also filed for a patent.
With the gradual easing of public lockdown measures and return to normal life, it is the need of the hour to ensure safe entry to any premises. The fully automated touchless self-check kiosk has been designed as per the WHO guidelines. It instantly detects and records the syndromes associated with COVID-19 like body temperature and blood oxygen content and raises alarm in case it is beyond the limits. The Kiosk features first of its kind UV-C disinfectant box capable of killing viruses/bacteria present on the surfaces of luggage, bags, keys, mobiles, wallet etc. thereby reducing the risk of spreading.
The individual who is entering a premise will have to follow the following steps:
1. Stand on the footmarks marked in front of the kiosk; remove the face mask and align the face in the grid displayed on the screen to measure the body temperature
2. Once the temperature is measured, the individual will have to wave its hand over the sensor of the UV-C chamber to open its door for keeping the belongings inside. UV-C box will perform 360⁰ disinfection on all the exposed surface
3. The individual will have to place its index finger on the SpO₂ sensor to check the oxygen saturation in the body. (Oxygen above 95 per cent is a sign of a healthy human body)
4. After this, the individual can disinfect the hands by placing them below the automatic sanitizer dispenser unit
5. Post hand sanitisation, the individual can collect the belongings from UV-C chamber and can proceed further
Talking about the innovation, Dr Senthilmurugan Subbiah, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Guwahati, said, “The kiosk installed at IIT Guwahati campus is IoT enabled and its data analysis system is capable of face identification and creating employee/person health historical data. Kiosk’s AI-based software system is capable of monitoring an individual’s health from historical data and in case of abnormal temperature and SpO2 level measured than the kiosk generates the alarm to health department authorities of their company/organisation/institute. The innovative UVC system design is capable of emitting UVC radiation from 6 surfaces of UVC box and that provides 99.99% of viruses’/bacteria disinfection in 10 seconds.”
He further added, “Overall, the kiosk system developed by IIT Guwahati and Workspace Metal Solutions Pvt Ltd. Udaipur can provide a community solution to fight against COVID 19 by ensuring surveillance of an individual’s health and disinfection of the items belonging to the individual”.
Speaking about their work, Puneet Talesara, IIT-Guwahati Alumni and Founder, Workspace Metal Solutions Pvt Ltd Udaipur, said, “Current catastrophic situation made us realise the importance of hygiene for a safe environment. ‘The self-check kiosk’ is an invaluable solution for quick detection of illnesses and reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses. This is a 100% Indian product and I feel that it will be a very good resource to fight the pandemic”.
Self-check kiosk offers a level of public access safety and accuracy that cannot be matched by existing human-error prone processes. It maximises user convenience and safety without compromising the organisation's need for efficiency and security. In future, the recorded data can be transferred or accessed from the central control room for monitoring purpose.