Eye Scan Trials by ICA to Boost Border Security

As part of plans to better secure Singapore’s borders, eye scans for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents are being trialled at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.

Conducted at selected counters at the three checkpoints, the trial involves Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) officers scanning travellers’ iris images in addition to fingerprint verification.

Security experts were reported as saying that iris scanning could eventually replace thumbprint checks at Singapore checkpoints as it is a more effective biometric identity verification tool. Iris patterns are generally harder to replicate than fingerprints.

As a global hub for air travel, Singapore, which also operates one of the busiest land checkpoints in the world, must adopt better technologies that can make immigration clearance more efficient, both for ICA and travellers, said Mr Muhammad Faizal Abdul Rahman from the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies’ Centre of Excellence for National Security.  

Source: “ICA trials eye scans to boost border security” (The Straits Times, 6 August 2018)

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