Singapore hotels slash check-in time via facial recognition tech

Check-in times could be reduced by as much as 70%.

In an initiative partnered with the city-state’s immigration, hotels in Singapore are trialing the use of facial-recognition technology to speed up guests’ check-in times by as much as 70%, according to Bloomberg.

The new system, which was launched this week, enables visitors to use a kiosk or mobile phone to verify their identity, eliminating the need for manual checks, the Singapore Tourism Board and local hotel association said in a statement.

The facial-recognition system, known as E-Visitor Authentication, allows users to scan their passport and take a photo, where data is sent to immigration to verify the validity of their stay.

So far, the technology is being piloted in three hotels including Grand Park City Hall.

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