Singapore Government Deepens Infocomm Push

Eager to explore new technologiessuch as palm-vein biometrics security systemsthe island-state is looking to IT giants

By the year 2010, public officers in the island-state can look forward to higher work productivity and efficiency with the help of advanced technologies, such as biometric authentication systems and virtualization.

A selection of these technologies were unveiled today by Peter Ho, head of civil service in Singapore, at a public sector showcase jointly put together by the country's Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and multinational tech companies such as Intel, Microsoft and Fujitsu.

Speaking at the event, Ho said: "The showcase is a vision of how such technology could be exploited to transform the way public officers work in the next three to five years."