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Changi Airport’s Biometric Terminal Goes Live

Changi Airport’s Biometric Terminal Goes Live

Terminal 4 of Singapore’s Changi Airport is now open, with biometric passenger screening enabled by IDEMIA. The airport’s Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) program was first announced back in 2015, with Safran Identity & Security revealing its involvement soon after; Safran I&S has since gone on to merge with Oberthur Technologies to form IDEMIA, but the…

Singapore Schools to Connect Student Accounts to Fingerprints

Singapore Schools to Connect Student Accounts to Fingerprints

“…a student could walk into a cafeteria, choose a lunch meal, and pay by tapping a Touché screen, with no need for connected devices or payment cards.” Starting next year, students at schools in Singapore will be able to buy lunch and other goods using just their fingerprints, thanks to a biometric payments system announced by…

Changi Airport to Host Open House for Biometric Terminal

Changi Airport to Host Open House for Biometric Terminal

Administrators at Singapore’s Changi Airport are getting ready to showcase its technologically sophisticated new terminal with an open house scheduled for August 7th to August 20th. Terminal 4, or T4, will be the conduit for the airport’s new Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) program, which is designed to use biometric identification technology to speed up…

Multimodal Biometric Screening Coming to All Singapore Checkpoints

Multimodal Biometric Screening Coming to All Singapore Checkpoints

Singapore’s Changi Airport is on a course for multi-modal biometric screening, reports The Straits Times. The airport already uses fingerprint-based passenger identification, but will soon introduce facial and iris scanning. Such biometric scans will be enabled through Terminal 4, or “T4”, which is scheduled to open toward the end of this year, and will employ what…

Singapore FinTech Firm Pitches Naked Payments to Hospitality Sector

Singapore FinTech Firm Pitches Naked Payments to Hospitality Sector

Singapore-based FinTech firm Touche has launched a new payments platform that lets merchants accept fingerprint scans as a payment option, reports Channel NewsAsia. The system links participating customers’ fingerprints to their credit cards, allowing them to forego use of the cards themselves after registering. It just launched in Singapore with its first customer, a restaurant…

Changi Biometric Screening System to Begin Operation in Second Half of 2017

Changi Biometric Screening System to Begin Operation in Second Half of 2017

Safran Identity & Security is providing an update on its efforts to provide biometric passenger identification to Singapore’s Changi airport. As the company announced in the spring of this year, its MorphoPass Biometric Applicant Management System was selected by airport authorities for their Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) project at Terminal 4 of the airport.…

Singaporean Authorities to Add Iris Screening to Land, Sea Border Checkpoints

Singaporean Authorities to Add Iris Screening to Land, Sea Border Checkpoints

The Singaporean government is getting ready to add iris scanning to its biometric border screening arsenal. As Channel News Asia reports, the move comes quickly in the wake of parliamentary approval of new legislation designed to strengthen the country’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Currently, the ICA collects collects the fingerprints of travelers passing through…

ASEAN Countries Agree to Share Terrorists’ Biometric Data

ASEAN Countries Agree to Share Terrorists’ Biometric Data

Multiple countries in Southeast Asia will share the biometric data of known terrorists to improve security in the region, reports Singapore’s Today. Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and other countries agreed on the approach at this week’s International Meeting on Counter-Terrorism in Bali, which took place alongside the Counter-Terrorism Financing Summit, an event that featured delegates from other states…

Singapore Joins US Global Entry Border Screening Program

Singapore Joins US Global Entry Border Screening Program

Singapore has become the second Asian country and the seventh in the world to partner with the US Customs and Border Protection agency’s Global Entry program. Part of the CBP’s Trusted Traveler Program, Global Entry allows for the expedited border processing of pre-approved travellers flying between member countries. As part of the program, participants are also…

Citibank Supports Samsung Pay Ahead of Singapore Launch

Citibank Supports Samsung Pay Ahead of Singapore Launch

“Almost immediately after Apple Pay was launched in [Singapore], Samsung announced that its own mPayment platform would arrive within the second quarter.” Samsung Pay has garnered the support of another major bank in Singapore ahead of its launch in the country. Citibank Singapore cardholders will be able to use the mobile payment platform when it…

Apple Pay Wins Support of Singapore Banks

Apple Pay Wins Support of Singapore Banks

Only a little more than a month after launching in Singapore with only American Express support, Apple Pay now has five of the country’s major banks on board. Accounting for over 80 percent of the MasterCard and Visa cards issued in the country, DBS, OCBC, POSB, United Overseas Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank all now…

OCBC Bank Launches App Featuring Touch ID Login

OCBC Bank Launches App Featuring Touch ID Login

Singapore’s Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC Bank) has embraced Touch ID authentication for its new OCBC Business Mobile Banking app. With the app, Singaporeans who have registered for the company’s business banking portal, Velocity@ocbc, can log in via fingerprint scan to gain account access for the purposes of checking account balances and activity. The system was developed…

Samsung Pay To Launch in Singapore

Samsung Pay To Launch in Singapore

Samsung has announced that its mPayment platform, Samsung Pay, will launch in Singapore this quarter. The announcement came only one day after Apple Pay launched in the country, with Samsung declining to offer a specific launch date. To a considerable extent, the announcement marks yet another instance of Samsung playing catch-up with its rival Apple. While…

Morpho to Provide Tech for Singapore Airport’s FAST Project

Morpho to Provide Tech for Singapore Airport’s FAST Project

Singapore’s Changi airport has chosen Morpho (Safran) to provide the technology for its Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) project at the forthcoming Terminal 4. Airport authorities first announced their intention to use biometric identification in the new airport terminal last summer, intending it as a means of fast-tracking passenger processing. Now, they have agreed on…

Singapore Streamlines 2FA Registration for Government e-Services

Singapore Streamlines 2FA Registration for Government e-Services

The Singaporean government has simplified the registration process for the system used by citizens to access government services as it seeks to get more individuals signed up for two-factor authentication (2FA). The system is called SingPass (for ‘Singapore Personal Access’), and offers citizens electronic access to services from over 60 agencies government agencies, such as…

Singapore to Implement Biometric Screening at All Points of Entry

Singapore to Implement Biometric Screening at All Points of Entry

The Singapore government will soon implement fingerprint scanning on all individuals entering the country, whether by land, sea, or air. The announcement came by way of Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Lee, who explained that the security system would be managed by the country’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. Lee asserted that half…

Singapore Changi Airport Gets FAST Biometric Screening

Singapore Changi Airport Gets FAST Biometric Screening

Administrators believe the automation will not only improve the passenger experience but will help them cut down on costs by as much as 40 percent. A new terminal at a major Singapore airport is going to use facial recognition technology to fast-track passenger screening. Singapore Changi’s Terminal 4, or T4, is slated to open in…