Singapore will be the first country to use face verification technology in the national identity system

Singapore will be the first country in the world to use face verification technology in its national identity scheme.

This biometric system will provide the people of Singapore with a secure way to access and access public and private services.

The government's technology agency says it is a "core component" of the country's digital economy.

This technology has been tested with a bank and is being used nationally. This technology not only identifies a person but also ensures that he or she is present.

Andrew Bud, head of the UK company iProv, which supplies the technology to Singapore, said: "When you confirm someone, you have to make sure that the person is actually there and that you have a video.

The technology will be integrated into the country's digital identity scheme 'Sing Pass' and will provide consumers with access to government services.

"This is the first time that cloud-based face authentication has been used to secure the identities of people using the National Digital Identity Scheme," Mr Bud said.

Mobile phones can recognize faces and users can unlock their own phones

Differences in facial recognition and verification?

Both facial recognition and facial verification depend on scanning a person's face and matching it with an image in an existing database.

The main difference in facial verification technology is that it requires the user's explicit consent for verification and the user gets something in return, such as access to their phone or the bank's smartphone app.

Conversely, face recognition technology may scan the face of everyone at a train station and alert the authorities immediately if a wanted criminal appears in the eye of the camera.

"Facial recognition technology has many social problems, while facial recognition is a harmless and much better technology," says Andrew Bud.

However, privacy advocates claim that the level of consumer consent when using sensitive biometric data is insufficient.

Evans Kovacs, legal officer for Privacy International, based in London, says: Does not live

Business or government?

Technology companies in the United States and China are also in the throes of facial verification technology.

For example, many different banking and mobile apps are using face verification technology, such as Apple's 'Face ID', or Google's 'Face Unlock' and Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba's 'Smile to Pay'. App

Many governments are already using citizen identification technology, but few have considered integrating it into their national identity card systems.

In some cases, this is because some countries do not even have a national identity card system. In the United States, for example, most people use an official driver's license to identify themselves.

China has not yet integrated face-to-face verification technology into its national identity card system, but last year it introduced rules for consumers to scan their face when they buy a new mobile phone. To verify that they have purchased each mobile phone with the identification provided.

In addition, facial recognition technology is being used at various airports around the world and is being used by many governments, including the UK Home Office, the National Health Service and the US Department of Homeland Security.

How will this technology be used?

Singapore's technology is already being used in computer stalls at the country's tax offices. In addition, DBS, one of Singapore's largest banks, allows users to use the technology to open online bank accounts.

It is also possible that the technology will be used to verify faces in safe places, such as making sure students are taking their own tests.

This technology will be available to any business or company that meets government requirements.

"As long as our conditions are met, we can't stop anyone from using facial authentication," said Cook Quick-Sen, senior director of national digital identity at the country's technology company (Government Tech Singapore). is being done.'

Government Tech Singapore believes the technology will be good for businesses as they can use it without building infrastructure.

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