DSTA initiated the Smart Base Access project to enhance military base visitor management with a new security screening system. Through facial recognition and digital identity technologies, the screening system helps to streamline the security clearance process and reduce the number of security personnel required.
The system was trialled successfully at the DSTA Integrated Complex and RSS Singapura - Changi Naval Base, between April and November 2018.
The DSTA team developed the in-house solution by exploiting various COTS products, such as facial recognition systems. Based on feedback from on-site trials with ground users, the team fine-tuned the solution in areas such as the visitor tracking logic and alert threshold, which serve to track visitor movements within camps and trigger alerts when anomalies occur.
The team incorporated a re-identification engine that would facilitate the tracking and investigation of incidents. The engine was applied, in collaboration with NTU’s Rapid-Rich Object Search Lab, to enable the monitoring of individuals across video feeds, and the analysis of their personal attributes (e.g. height and clothing colour) for re-identification purposes.
Tapping its design thinking expertise, the DSTA team worked closely with the RSN and stakeholders from relevant MINDEF agencies to define the ground processes for implementing the end-to-end security screening system. To enter the base, visitors would present their face and Mobile Digital ID. While in the base, the movement of these visitors would be monitored through apps in their mobile phones, in-lieu of physical escorts.
While trials are undergoing through 2019, the implementation of this project across all SAF camps is projected to achieve a 60% to 80% reduction in the number of security personnel required.
A Dedicated Space for Innovation
The Smart Base Access initiative was born out of the Live Digital Testbed, jointly established by DSTA, the RSN and MINDEF in February 2018. Meant to accelerate digital innovation in MINDEF and the SAF, the testbed provides innovators with a physical space and digital infrastructure for experimentation so that they can focus on testing and improving their projects.
DSTA designed the foundational infrastructure of the testbed which project teams can leverage to build their prototypes. Besides speeding up the time-to-market for the prototypes, the testbed also helps to drive cost savings by avoiding duplicate investments in expensive infrastructure.