The Singapore Tourism Board announced this month the launch of an “E-Visitor Authentication” as part of new hotel “industry-wide” initiatives. This led to reports of an “automated facial recognition system” in the city that helps hotels reduce check-in time - but is it what it’s cracked up to be?

“Participating hotels can use facial recognition technology to authenticate their guests’ identities, and the guest data will be sent to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority to verify the validity of their stay,” the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Hotel Association said in a joint statement announcing the E-Visitor Authentication.