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Singapore’s Universal Studios deploys facial recognition for entry amid Covid-19 pandemic

Visitors to Universal Studios in Singapore will now need to go via facial recognition scanners to enter the park, within the city-state’s newest foray with a expertise that has stoked privateness issues.

Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), which owns the sprawling space of vacationer sights, lodges and eating places through which the park sits, said the scheme which began this month would assist easy entry for friends.

“Facial recognition provides contactless verification of tickets and ticket holders, enabling our customers to enjoy our park experience in a more efficient and seamless manner,” RWS said in an emailed assertion.

Usage of facial recognition expertise – which permits companies or authorities to match individuals picked up on cameras with these on databases – has risen globally in recent times, stirring worries about surveillance and the way information collected will probably be used.

FILE PHOTO: A view of Universal Studios Singapore on Sentosa Island in Singapore June 4, 2018.

FILE PHOTO: A view of Universal Studios Singapore on Sentosa Island in Singapore June 4, 2018.
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Digitally-connected Singapore has launched into many initiatives that use the expertise, together with an formidable scheme to place cameras on lamp-posts linked to facial recognition software program.

Annual and season ticket holders of Singapore’s Universal Studios now not want bodily passes, whereas friends utilizing day passes will still want tickets for entry however can then exit and re-enter simply utilizing their facial image.

Facial recognition is an “essential” a part of admission and is used for “operational improvement, safety and security”, in response to RWS, which last month axed workers because the COVID-19 pandemic batters Singapore’s tourism trade.

RWS said it had applied stringent safety measures to safeguard visitor data resembling storing it on encrypted servers. It declined touch upon which company was offering the facial recognition expertise.

China’s Universal Studios theme park attributable to open in Beijing subsequent year additionally plans to make use of facial recognition expertise, in response to media stories.

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