Singapore to test facial recognition on lampposts
13 April 2018 14:38 GMT

Singapore's government is considering a plan to install 100,000 lampposts that could help authorities pick out and recognise faces in crowds across the island state.

The cameras could potentially register 1.8 billion faces in less than 3 seconds and all of the countries 110,000 lampposts are to be included in the sensor network.

Howeverm the plan is raising privacy fears among security experts and rights groups, noted a report by ABC.

The government said the system would allow it to "perform crowd analytics" and support anti-terror operations.

GovTech, the Singapore government agency in charge of a "Lamppost-as-a-Platform" pilot project scheduled to begin next year, has given companies until May to register their interest in providing technology for the network.

"As part of the LaaP trial, we are testing out various kinds of sensors on the lampposts, including cameras that can support backend facial recognition capabilities," a GovTech spokesman said in an emailed statement to the newspaper.

"These capabilities may be used for performing crowd analytics and supporting follow-up investigation in event of a terror incident."