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ICA working on portable device to verify passports

Published on Apr 7, 2014 7:08 AM
ICA officer Hizar Zahir, 29, approaching a cruise ship to check passengers' passports under the clearance-on-board system. The authority is working on a portable device to allow for electronic checks of passports. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) is working on a portable electronic device which could be used to check the passports of ship passengers and make the current system more efficient.

The present clearance-on- board system involves ICA officers physically checking cruise passengers' documents on the ship before they reach Singapore Cruise Centre or Marina Bay Cruise Centre, where passports are then checked electronically.

Tentatively named the Relocatable Clearance System, the machine is in the prototype stage.

If successful, it would be able to wirelessly verify the authenticity and validity of a passport against an electronic database, which can currently be done only at the various land, sea and air checkpoints.

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