Infrared screens, ultraviolet, and iris recognition technology are some of the new health and safety initiatives being deployed at Changi. Changi airport has begun to transform the terminal with new contactless and cleaning innovations for a safer airport journey.
These measures are to be rolled out airport-wide in preparation for when air travel into and out of Singapore gradually resumes.
At Changi’s automated kiosks, proximity sensors are being installed. To eliminate the need for travelers to touch the electronic screens once they check-in or drop off their baggage. For the first time in an airport, infrared sensors will enable passengers to pick options by pointing their finger near the screen without touching it.
For those who have to check-in at counters with service agents, acrylic screens will provide a secure barrier.
Changi’s contactless passenger experience extends to immigration. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority has upgraded the automated immigration lanes at Changi airport with a brand new biometric system that uses face and iris recognition technology as the primary means for identification. This replaces traditional fingerprint scanning.
Autonomous cleaning robots have been upgraded within the terminals. With a nozzle that sprays a light disinfecting mist for added protection on carpets and floors throughout cleaning. Changi airport group (CAG) is additionally testing the utilization of ultraviolet-C (UV-C) LEDs to disinfect the handrails of escalators and travellators in a safe means.
These cleaning innovations build on Changi Airport’s previously introduced precautionary measures against COVID-19. These included temperature screening at key points, safe distancing, use of masks by all passengers and employees, increased cleaning and disinfecting, widespread introduction of sensor-activated ‘auto’ hand sanitizers and the use of a long-lasting antimicrobial spray on frequently touched surfaces.
Tan lye Teck, CAG (Changi Airport Group) executive VP for airport Management, said: “Passengers will expect airports to deliver the highest standards of safety and hygiene to give them peace of mind during their journey, and we will quickly bring forth board new measures as we go into a new normal for air travel. The improvements we announce demonstrate CAG’s continuous commitment to passenger health and positive airport experience. CAG will work with different aviation partners to instill a high sense of confidence among travelers going through Changi airport once air travel eventually resumes.”