Tourists visiting Singapore can now check-in at some hotels using face recognition technology. It is under a pilot program that could cut waiting times and help tackle the labor crunch.
The tech-savvy country of 5.7 million people is increasingly turning to automation to speed up services.
Moreover, it also deals with workforce shortage by deploying robots for tasks ranging from cleaning to making noodles.
Under the program, visitors will not need to wait for the hotel staff to check them in. Rather, they can use a phone app fitted with facial recognition technology which can scan their passports.
The Singapore Tourism Board and Hotel Association said that the scanned data is sent to the immigration authorities for checks.
After the official process, the authorities issue room keys to the visitors.
Initially, the authorities have used the technology for trial at three hotels and similar to that is used in some airports.
The authorities said that it could reduce the check-in times by up to 70 percent.
Moreover, Singapore has welcomed a record-high of 18.5 million visitors last year.
However, it is up 6.2 percent from the previous year.