New version of automated immigration clearance system being trialled at Woodlands Checkpoint 

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Other features of APICS include an exhaust fan to remove fumes within the canopy, as well as flexible traffic poles to guide drivers entering the clearance zone.

Throughout the entire process, the only touchpoint for travellers will be the passport scanning process, said Mr Cheng.

APICS is currently operational during weekday evenings and those who pass through the system will be asked for their feedback at the end of the process. This will allow HTX to further improve the system.

For now, the pilot is mostly limited to cars where there is a single driver, but it will be progressively offered to cars with more travellers.

Feedback has been “generally quite positive”, added Mr Cheng.

The time taken by each vehicle to clear the system will also be recorded and analysed by ICA, added Dr Daniel Teo, who is deputy director of HTX’s Robotics, Automation and Unmanned Systems Centre of Expertise.

“With APICS, car travellers at land checkpoints will be able to enjoy a more seamless, safer and secure immigration clearance,” said ICA’s Assistant Commissioner Phua Chiew Hua, who is deputy director for operations.

“APICS will also enable ICA to redeploy our officers to perform more higher-value tasks such as profiling and risk assessment at land borders.”

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