Come 2025, travellers visiting Singapore will have to clear security at automated border checkpoints with their fingerprints, and facial and iris scans, according to an article from the Straits Times.
As per the same article, border security is one of the five key national artificial intelligence (AI) projects that was announced by deputy prime minister Heng Swee Keat on November 13, and is part of Singapore’s greater strategy to harness AI to deliver social and economic benefits.
With the help of AI, travellers will be able to clear immigration checks quicker and more seamlessly at Singapore borders, while the process will also reduce human error and allow immigration officers to focus on other visitors who may require another look.
A fully automated system – which uses a facial recognition system – currently in place at Changi Airport, was said to achieve manpower and efficiency savings of up to 20 per cent, stated the Straits Times report.
Apart from border security, the other AI four projects are in logistics, healthcare, education and estate management, said the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office. A new National AI Office has also been created under the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office to set priorities and help to build a pipeline of AI talent.