Irizar combating Covid-19 on public transport

Spanish bus and coach manufacturer Irizar has developed a number of solutions to help fulfil the safety and hygiene measures for preventing the spread of Covid-19 on public transport.

Smart camera for access control
The access control camera is a smart system located at the vehicle’s entrance. Its goal is to keep passengers who show symptoms or who do not follow the Covid-19 protocols from boarding the vehicle. It is equipped with a body temperature sensor that measures the temperature of the passengers and signals when it is above 37º.

It also has artificial vision cameras that can be used to detect whether passengers are wearing masks. The complete process is done automatically and in real time.

When a passenger has a fever or is not wearing a mask the system will make a signal alerting them that they may not board the vehicle and the driver can act proactively without needing supervision to follow the established health protocol.

These cameras do not record the personal data of passengers in order to comply with privacy requirements.

Automatic vehicle disinfection without passengers on board
This consists of installing a fixed outlet on the vehicle that connects to an external device through a nozzle and, with a pneumatic nebulizer system, it can completely disinfect the vehicle through the air automatically without any passengers present in 30 minutes.

The nebulizing process, Irizar says there should be a wait of three or four hours before the coach can be accessed.

Separation screens in the driver’s area and dividing panels in passenger seats
Irizar is providing operators with separation screens for drivers and easy to install dividing panels for seating to provide protection for both drivers and passengers.

Both solutions have been designed for the Irizar model i3le, Irizar i4, Irizar i6 and Irizar i6S coaches.

Eco3 air purification
The Eco3 air purifier, which can be installed in any bus or coach that has air conditioning, releases negative ions and ozone into the interior airflow of the bus, causing virus-bearing particles to fall out of suspension, and attacking the viruses themselves.

Unlike other cleaning and disinfection systems, Eco3 is designed to do its job with passengers on board and when the vehicle is moving.

Irizar notes that using the climate control systems installed on the buses and coaches also contribute to preventing the contagion of infections though bio-aerosols, because they have air renewal systems that guarantee a complete renewal of the air inside every few minutes.