Singapore: World’s First Country to Use Facial Verification in National ID

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Singapore: World’s First Country to Use Facial Verification in National ID
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The southeast Asian country becomes the world’s first to use facial recognition in their National ID card for verification. Singapore to make identity proof with the new technology to give easy access to government services to the citizens.

The technology has already been implemented in the banks and after its triumphant trial have been rolled out for citizens of the Republic of Singapore. 

iProov, a UK based company, has designed this technology and it does more than just recognising the face, it also verifies if the person is present there or not.

Andrew Bud, founder and chief executive of iProov said proudly that this technology makes it more authentic to know if a person is present at the time of showing the Id card. So as no malicious activities can take place.

This is to be integrated with SingPass, Singapore’s digital identity scheme allowing citizens to access services provided by the government efficiently.

He also mentioned that this is by far the first time a cloud-based face verification has been implemented to secure the identity of people on a national level.

The new technology will be an aid for the police department to be alerted of any such activities, and facial verification can help get the information sooner. It is exciting and new for the world, but at the same time, it gives a feeling of intruding into local’s matters, and the government gets access to each one in the country.

Nonetheless, as of now, the Singapore government is not proposing to control or limit the use of facial verification technology, says senior director of national digital identity, Kwok Quek Sin at GovTech Singapore.

The government states that the process of generating national ID with the new technology will be done with full consent of each individual.

There is a discussion with partners and companies in different countries regarding implementing the same system in other countries as well.