Keeping you safe while traveling

In 2019, 14 Million passengers travelled through RDU airport. In an effort to ensure safe travels, the RDU Airport Authority has partnered with a group of researchers at a Duke University startup, called Thexa Technologies. This partnership was the result of the 2021 Triangle Impact Challenge. This challenge called for innovative ways "to improve the air travel experience by finding more ways to keep passengers safe and healthy during the parking, ticketing, screening, waiting, shopping, dining and boarding processes." As part of this effort, we have deployed a smart-sensing technology to select RDU airport terminals.

What this means for you.

A safer, cleaner traveling experience for you and your family. Our system is capable of determining which surfaces have been recently touched by travellers. The ongoing study is to determine the usefulness of the techology to assist in targetted cleaning efforts. Our goal is to enable highly-targetted cleaning capabilities to ensure safer travels and reduced risk of disease through contact of communal surfaces within RDU and beyond.

How it works.

The smart-sensing system is equiped with a thermal detector, which measures the change in temperature on surfaces (e.g. tables, chairs, handrails). When a traveller touches a surface, they impart some heat into the surface, which the system detects and logs. We have employed state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms to detect these "touchpoints" and generate a report of them. This report can be made accessible to cleaning crews for targetted cleaning or travelers who want to take control of their own safety.

Who we are.

Our research team at Thexa Technologies consists of alumni and faculty from Duke University's engineering program and Duke University Medical Center. Wes Ross, PhD, and Matthew Tucker, PhD, are both alumni of Duke's Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science program. Dr. Patrick Codd is a minimally invasive neurosureon, technology innovator, and Director of the Duke Brain Tool Laboratory, a translational engineering lab aimed at developing the latest devices and technologies to improve health and human wellfare. Our team has years of experience conducting R&D of "smart" systems that combine hardware, software, and artificial intelligence to perform cutting-edge tasks.