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Delhi Metro upgrades its baggage scanning system with advanced features

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New Delhi: In order to further upgrade and strengthen the X-Ray baggage Scanning System (X-BIS System) at the security frisking points of Metro stations, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has started introducing highly advanced and state-of-the-art baggage scanners at its Metro stations in a phased manner.

The advanced features in these newly introduced baggage scanners will ensure extra safety and security to the passengers and will also be more convenient for the old age and women commuters while lifting up and putting in heavy baggage items for scanning.

These advanced baggage scanners (X-BIS System) are fitted with the following additional features:-

Faster Baggage clearance: These scanners will now be capable of handling up to 550 bags per hour which used to be around 350 bags per hour earlier. For this, the conveyor belt speed has been increased from 18 cm per second to 30 cm per second. This is intended to reduce the heavy passenger rush at the frisking points, especially during peak hours.

Enhanced and effective surveillance: During the scanning, newly installed large-sized monitors with high-resolution images will ensure quick and instant assessment of any explosive, arms threat etc. Moreover, the baggage inspection will be capable of X-ray penetration up to even a 35 mm thick steel plate.

Inclined input/output conveyor: The modified X-BIS system will have a manually adjustable and extendable inclined conveyor belt system which can be lowered down while putting in the baggage and the same at the output. This will especially help the old age passengers to easily put their baggage on a low-level conveyer.

Continuous Audio-Video Monitoring: A 360-degree camera mounted just above the baggage scanner will be able to capture clear audio and video footage of the X-BIS process which may be useful in case of any untoward incident such as theft, an altercation between commuters, security staff etc.

Other supporting provisions available for the baggage operator (CISF staff) on duty in the Scanning machine comprise- charging Ports for Wireless Sets, hand-held metal detectors and mobile phones etc., provision of a water bottle hanger and multi-utility movable rack for placing uniforms and other essential items etc.

Presently, 34 such baggage scanners with specialized commuter-friendly features have already been installed at major stations such as Kashmere Gate, AIIMS, Vishwavidyalaya, HUDA City Centre, Rajouri Garden, Mayur Vihar Ph-1, NOIDA Sec-18, Palam etc., replacing the older X-BIS systems. Gradually, over 250 more such baggage scanners will be installed across all Delhi Metro stations by the year-end.

At present, there are around 400 X-BIS machines installed at different metro stations across the DMRC network.

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