On 8 December 2023, 21 SUSS Public Safety and Security (PSS) students embarked on a learning journey to the HTX Hatch office at One-North. Hatch was launched as Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX)’s innovation centre for public safety and security, and serves as a platform connecting the agency with startups in Singapore and abroad.
21 SUSS Public Safety and Security Students attended a learning journey conducted at Hatch.
The visit commenced with an insightful opening speech by Mr Leon Yip, Senior Partner Success Manager at Hatch, who gave a brief introduction about HTX and Hatch. Part of his introduction highlighted the unique role of Hatch in searching and testing technology by startups that may be relevant and applicable for Home Team operations.
The next speaker was Mr Kee Ein Cern Deputy Director (Profiling) from the HTX’s Biometrics & Profiling (B&P) Centre of Expertise (CoE), who shared about the development of a profiling system designed to detect suspicious behaviours at land checkpoints and the airport. The profiling system uses video cameras and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect physiological cues or tell-tale indicators of trouble.
Mr Kee Ein Cern shared about biometrics & profiling, and how it can enhance security.
Finally, the series of presentations ended with Ms Lydia He, Open Innovation Manager at Hatch, who shared about the Home Team’s challenge in building, managing, and securing data while keeping up with operational demands.
Students shared ideas and engaged in discussion during the Q&A session.
Overall, it was an informative learning journey where students had fun learning and interacting with staff from HTX. Technology will continue to play a pivotal role in public safety and security, especially in Singapore where manpower resources are limited and serves as a driving force that enhances security operations. This learning journey provided a fascinating glimpse into the fusion of technology and security.
Julian Christie, Year 2 PSS student recounted on his experience, “Prior to my visit, I had little idea as to the exact role HTX played compared to the other departments within the Home Team. It was amazing to learn how their drive to continuously source and innovate the best solutions to resolve the issues and lighten the load that frontline officers face daily. Indeed, modern-day problems require modern-day solutions.”
Yap Pei Ru, Year 1 PSS student added, “The trip to HTX Hatch was an insightful experience to hear from different speakers about the work they do to support different departments in Singapore. For instance, using technology to enhance the biometrics system for the ICA. Innovation is an important motivator for the nation to become stronger and secure. The networking session with the speakers was also valuable, allowing us to gain a deeper understanding of what goes behind the scenes. Thankful for this opportunity!”
This learning journey was organised by Public Safety and Security Interest Group. Stay tuned to find out more about PSS IG and their events!