Singapore’s artificial intelligence strategy: Border clearance

Using automated scanning, video analytics and surveillance robots to boost security

The national artificial intelligence strategy, which was unveiled in November, will focus on five key sectors - transport and logistics, smart cities and estates, safety and security, healthcare, and education.
A demonstration of a biometric screening system with three modes of identification - fingerprint, facial and iris scans - at Woodlands Checkpoint. LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO
A demonstration of a biometric screening system with three modes of identification - fingerprint, facial and iris scans - at Woodlands Checkpoint.LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO

Security clearance at all immigration checkpoints will be fully automated and faster with fingerprint, facial and iris scans introduced by 2025. Experts said one of the biggest benefits of such a system lies in the ability of artificial intelligence (AI) video analytics to identify suspicious characters.

For instance, AI can be used with cameras to perform more robust video analytics to identify if a person is a potential security threat, based on how they appear and how they act, said Mr Steven Wong, president of the Association of Information Security Professionals.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2019, with the headline 'Using automated scanning, video analytics and surveillance robots to boost security'. Print Edition | Subscribe