UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Singapore will test facial recognition software via cameras on every lamppost in the country.
According to an April 13 Reuters report, Singapore’s GovTech agency plans to use the technology on interconnected lamppost security cameras throughout the Southeast Asian city-state.
That’s around 110,000 cameras for a population of 5.6 million.
The government said it intends to use the technology to analyze crowds and support anti-terror operations.
This has caused privacy concerns among security experts and rights groups. A GovTech spokesperson responded that the need to protect personal data and preserve privacy would be key considerations.
Companies have been given until May to register their interest in providing the technology.
One interested company, Yitu Technology of China, says its software can identify over 1.8 billion faces in less than three seconds.