Aguado proceeds with the installation of a camera in the Metro Command Post to measure the temperature of underground employees
The Region of Madrid has installed a body temperature measurement system for Metro employees at the access to the Command Post, one of the strategic centres of the Madrid underground. Today, the Vice-President, Regional Minister for Sport, Transparency and Government Spokesman of the Autonomous Region of Madrid, Ignacio Aguado, and the Regional Minister for Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure and President of Metro de Madrid, Ángel Garrido, unveiled this new system for dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The system has a visible dual thermographic camera capable of measuring the temperature of several people simultaneously in real time. This means the temperature of up to 30 targets can be measured at a distance of 3 to 5 metres and with an accuracy of +/- 0.3ºC. When a case of high temperature is detected, Metro de Madrid's internal protocol will come into play to check the worker's state of health. If there is a suspicion that they may have COVID-19, the worker will be placed under home observation.
The regional vice-president pointed out that "recovering normality and economic activity is a challenge to which we must add health and safety in our daily lives." For this reason, the Region of Madrid guarantees that the public transport network "is adopting the relevant protocols to deal with the post-COVID scenario and to make life easier for the people of Madrid".
Meanwhile, Garrido stressed that "protecting the health of public transport workers has been one of the fundamental objectives of the regional government since the beginning of this crisis, in which we are working to facilitate the necessary mobility and to guarantee the safety of passengers and workers, minimising the risk of contagion". "That is why we will continue to incorporate measures that meet the new safety requirements, with the aim of keeping public transport as an excellent travel option," he added.
The temperature measurement system has been installed in Metro's Central Control Centre, which is a strategic centre from which train traffic is controlled in real time and the supervision and remote control of the installations in all the network's stations and electrical substations is carried out. In this centre, 28 people usually work in three shifts, providing service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Stations that can register more passengers are also monitored so that action can be taken quickly, and the evolution of passenger demand is tracked in real time and in comparison with previous periods.
The system unveiled today joins the prevention measures that Metro has already implemented at this centre, such as staff reduction and re-organisation to minimise the overlap of workers in the handovers, in the common or rest areas, at the entrance and exit of the facility. Methacrylate partitions have also been placed between those posts where a minimum distance of two metres cannot be guaranteed.
USER AND WORKER PROTECTION
Since the start of the public health crisis, Metro de Madrid has reduced the number of staff working throughout the network and is promoting teleworking. In addition, greater time flexibility is being promoted for the work-life balance in the case of employees caring for children under 12 years of age, people with disabilities or family members up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity who, because of age or illness, cannot look after themselves. In addition, Metro is testing its employees for coronavirus.
To protect users, Metro de Madrid is implementing different initiatives. Just a few days ago, signs were installed in all its stations to remind travellers of the mandatory use of masks. Similarly, signs are being placed in station lobbies and platforms to mark the safety distance between users and seats have been marked on trains and stations to block their use.
Since 8 March, the company has been applying extraordinary cleaning and disinfection measures, as is the case with the rest of the public transport system in the Region of Madrid. In addition, the automatic door opening system has been implemented on all models of trains where it is possible and in all Metro stations one door is always open for access and another for exit.
Likewise, Metro has closed a total of 44 halls and 177 entrances in its network to minimise risks among its employees against coronavirus, who will no longer have to work in these spaces. This measure also allows for the optimisation of resources and their adaptation to the new situation in cleaning, surveillance or maintenance tasks, among others.
It has also brought forward the closing time of its network, so that the last service leaves at midnight, as opposed to 1.30 am as usual.