Biometric fingerprint scans help nab 840 at checkpoints

ICA officers demonstrating the use of the Bio-Screen-Multi Modal Biometric Screening System at the Woodlands Checkpoint.
ICA officers demonstrating the use of the Bio-Screen-Multi Modal Biometric Screening System at the Woodlands Checkpoint.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

Biometric fingerprint screening helped detect around 840 people trying to enter Singapore under different or false identities over the last three years.

Last year, checkpoint officers cleared more than 212 million travellers, with the vast majority having no issues.

But with increased border security as threats persist, there are plans to roll out new technology using three biometric identifiers - fingerprint, facial and iris - to complement fingerprint matching for immigration clearance.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2019, with the headline 'Biometric fingerprint scans help nab 840 at checkpoints'. Print Edition | Subscribe