ICA trials eye scans to boost border security

The trial, conducted at selected counters at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints, and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, involves officers scanning travellers' iris images in addition to fingerprint verification.
The trial, conducted at selected counters at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints, and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, involves officers scanning travellers' iris images in addition to fingerprint verification.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

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Eye scans for Singaporeans and permanent residents are being trialled at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints, and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, as part of plans by Singapore's border agency to better secure the borders.

The trial, conducted at selected counters at the three checkpoints, involves officers scanning travellers' iris images in addition to fingerprint verification, an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) spokesman told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2018, with the headline 'ICA trials eye scans to boost border security'. Print Edition | Subscribe