Singapore testing iris biometrics for border efficiency

Singapore tests eye scans at immigration checkpoints (Reuters)

“The trials will help us in our consideration of whether and how we should implement such technology at our checkpoints,” the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in an emailed statement.

The move will be implemented at two checkpoints on its northern border with Malaysia and one at a ferry terminal running services to nearby Indonesian islands.

The Singapore-Malaysia border is extremely busy and has been a hotbed of early biometric adoption for years. The map and photo below gives a flavor of the relevant geography. The red dot on the Singapore map is the approximate location of the Johor–Singapore Causeway pictured at right below.

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