SINGAPORE: Checking in in public places using TraceTogether could become easier and faster if the new device tested in the Downtown East Mall receives the green light.
Designed and built by Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG), SafeEntry Gateway aims to provide a “smoother and more convenient check-in” for TraceTogether users who can avoid long queues to scan QR codes or their ID cards for SafeEntry check-in, which are sometimes visible at peak times in popular places.
SafeEntry Gateway detects active TraceTogether users and token users, and records visitor check-ins by exchanging Bluetooth signals.
Token users simply have to place their tokens 5 to 15 cm away from the device to scan them, while those using the phone app will need to turn on Bluetooth, open the app and bring the phone closer to the device. The beeper and light will go on when check-in is successful.
The process only takes a few seconds and is similar to using the EZ-Link card on public transport.
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From the beginning of October, the device has been tested at three entrances in Downtown East. Each prototype costs less than S $ 100, excluding operating costs, although the actual cost of the device will depend on its final design, SNDGG said in response to CNA inquiries.
The trial period will last until the end of the year.
SNDGG told CNA that SafeEntry Gateway testing could be extended to other locations that will pilot the mandatory TraceTogether checks.
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Authorities said one of the criteria for Singapore’s transition to Phase 3 of its reopening is TraceTogether’s 70 percent participation rate, which relies on proximity data exchanged via Bluetooth to help authorities identify a list of potential close contacts for COVID-19 cases.
Currently, over 50 percent of Singapore’s population participates in the program, and over 2.9 million people use a token or app.
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