SINGAPORE – Come 2025, all travellers in and out of Singapore will get to access a fully automated immigration system involving facial and iris scans, it was announced on Nov 13.
Unveiled by the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, this border security initiative is part of five national Artificial Intelligence (AI) projects to deliver social and economic benefits. The other four projects are in logistics, healthcare, education and estate management, reported The Straits Times.
Facial and iris scans are expected to make the immigration procedure faster and more seamless for travellers, It will also allow immigration officers to focus their time on other more high-value tasks, such as focusing on visitors who may require closer scrutiny.
Case in point: The fully automated system at Changi Airport T4, which uses a facial recognition system that captures a passenger’s photo at different stations, was reported to achieve manpower and efficiency savings of up to 20%.
Singapore has committed over S$500 million (US$367 million) for digital technologies under the Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 plan. To boost AI talent here, the country plans to train up to 200 AI professionals under an apprenticeship programme by 2020.