Some Singaporean travelers are getting their faces and eyes scanned when going through immigration at Changi Airport’s tech-forward Terminal 4 as part of a six-month trial, immigration authorities announced today.
Starting 10 days ago, immigration has been testing different processes involving separate or combined scanning and verification. Scans will be conducted on Singaporeans 6 and up whose passports were issued since 2018 and begin with the letter K, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, or ICA, wrote online.
What’s sure to mean a bounty of data for facial-recognition and tracking security is being presented as a convenient privilege, and undergoing the scans is optional.
The authority says it will further its goal of achieving fully contactless processing in 2022, and follows recently concluded trials at the Tuas land checkpoint.
“The results of the trial will help ICA assess the feasibility of extending this initiative to other checkpoints,” it added.
Let’s hope the trial keeps the queues short and quick.