Central Railways launches robotic ‘Captain Arjun’ for screening of passengers for COVID-19 and surveillance in Pune

In order to lower the burden on its personnel, the Central Railways has launched a robot named ‘Captain Arjun” for the screening of passengers for COVID-19 infection and surveillance on railway premises in Pune. Shivaji M Sutar, the Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway, Mumbai, said. “Robotic Captain “ARJUN” is an innovative step by the Central Railway, Pune division to enhance the security and safety of passengers.”

The Central Railways said that the robot will protect passengers and staff from any possible COVID-19 infection and enhance their security when they board or de-board trains. The robot was inaugurated in an online ceremony which was attended by Arun Kumar, director general RPF, Atul Pathak, principal chief security commissioner and Renu Sharma, divisional railway manager, Pune.

Captain Arjun is equipped with a motion sensor, one PTZ camera and one dome camera. The cameras use AI algorithms to track suspicious and antisocial activity, have an in-built siren, motion-activated spotlight and in-built internal storage for recording in case there is a network failure.

Captain Arjun does thermal screening and records the temperature in a digital display panel with a response time of 0.5 seconds and if the temperature is higher than the reference range, it sounds an abnormal automatic alarm. The robot adopts a two-way communication mode, voice and video, and also speaks in the local language. It has speakers to spread awareness messages on Covid-19.

Captain Arjun also has a sensor-based sanitiser and mask dispenser and can move. The robot has a floor sanitisation facility with battery backup. It has rugged wheels that support all kinds of surfaces. The success of this AI-enabled robot will give enough protective cover to passengers while undergoing screening with no manual encounters, according to Central Railways.