Singapore has started using iris-scanning technology at some of its border checkpoints, according to the Immigration Checkpoint Authority (ICA).
This technology, which could one day replace fingerprint verification, is aimed at improving efficiency and security.
"The trials will help us in our consideration of whether and how we should implement such technology at our checkpoints," ICA said on Monday, Aug 6. The technology will be implemented at the Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints, and as well as at a ferry terminal running services to nearby Indonesian islands.
Since January last year, ICA has been collecting iris images from Singaporean citizens and permanent residents when they apply for identity cards or a passport.
In a similar push by Changi Airport Group, the airport is considering using facial recognition systems to find late passengers. Singapore also intends to use facial recognition capabilities in a project to fit cameras and sensors on over 100,000 lampposts.