New thermal scanners installed in Indian airports to prevent COVID-19

The scanners were procured by UNICEF with financial support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Stephanie Raison
A girl wearing a mask holding a newspaper
01 August 2020

They might seem like a small dot in the wide expanse of an airport ceiling. You might not even notice them. Despite their size thermal scanners are highly effective in detecting the temperature of those who walk beneath them. That’s why nine thermal scanners have been installed in seven airports across India, with one more airport to go.

Thermal scanners screen passengers for high body temperature as they pass through airport transit areas. This enables identification of passengers who may be at risk of contracting or having contracted COVID-19 and makes sure that they have immediate access to proper medical advice, screening and testing.

“This intervention complements ADB’s ongoing support to the Government of India in strengthening its COVID-19 response. This support will enhance disease surveillance and help in early detection including contact tracing,” said Mr Kenichi Yokoyama, Director-General for South Asia Department of ADB and, concurrently, Country Director for India Resident Mission.

A man engineer standing on a ladder installing a scanner on the ceiling of the airport.
Thermal scanner installation in Chennai Airport.

The financial support from ADB has been instrumental in UNICEF’s procurement of these thermal scanners for the Government of India’s COVID-19 response, said Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF Country Representative in India.

“Through the power of partnership UNICEF continues to support the COVID-19 Response led by the Government of India. We thank ADB for their support to UNICEF to procure essential equipment and supplies for the COVID-19 response," she said.