How 20face could help Singapore with check-ins

Recently, the city-state of Singapore declared that it is becoming mandatory to check-in digitally when entering buildings where a lot of people come together. At 20face, we think we could help them in doing so. Let us show you how.


Over the last month, Singapore has seen a new increase in infections. Therefore, the Singaporean government created an app to be able to trace back which people were close to each other. The government could then contact people who might be at risk afterwards. Amongst others, factories, offices, supermarkets, schools and shopping malls are obligated to use it.

The locations themselves are responsible for making sure people that enter are registered. This happens by scanning an ID card, or by scanning a QR code on their smartphone. However, it is not hard to imagine that this could cause several problems.


First of all, ID cards and scanners are heavily-touched objects that rarely get properly cleaned. Holding these under scanners at a fairly short distance, or even against them, might increase the risk of spreading the virus via these kinds of personal objects.

Additionally, there has to be someone present ensuring that everyone checks in at all times, which is time-consuming and probably not very cost effective. Besides, enough distance between persons should be kept in mind, which might be hard in smaller venues, especially when a queue is formed.

Last but not least, the necessity of physically opening a door should be reduced to a minimum, to prevent doors and handles from being a source of indirect contamination. ‘Lots of problems, but what is the better option?’ I can hear you say. Let’s get into that!

Contactless access

We learned that keeping a distance and making access contactless is key, so how are we going to manage that? It’s simple. The app made by the Singaporean government, or any government for that matter, is integrated with our face recognition solution. People can select in the app, which endpoints (buildings) are allowed to recognize them.

At the entrance, the system automatically recognizes the people that are registered and opens the door only for them. As a face can be recognized from a distance, there is no risk of spread via ID or QR scanners and there will be less waiting lines. Also, because the system knows exactly who to let in or not, there is no need for a person at the door to check. Lastly, the door opens automatically to prevent people from touching doors and handles.

The perfect solution

The situation sketched above is a perfect example of what the application of 20face’s solution could look like. The good thing is, with 20face’s technology the user is always in control of his/her data at all times and the technology is completely privacy proof. If users want to revoke their data, they can do so themselves.

The solution described above is just one of the many ways in which a face recognition solution could be used for access management. If you are curious about other best practices concerning access management and face recognition, check our whitepaper below. You can download it for free.

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