You'll be gone in eight seconds!

Central Station | 6 Dec 2017

The new smart identity card will enable users to check in and out at border checkpoints in only eight seconds, Undersecretary for Security Sonny Au Chi-kwong told lawmakers yesterday.

He said the new ID card will be using wireless transmission technology, so people don't need to insert it into the card reader at the e-Channel, and therefore will beat the 12-second mark.

Au said the current smart ID card system has been used for more than 10 years, and he's concerned the data chip of existing ID cards will be damaged in the next couple of years, as the security features aren't the most advanced.

Some people said the design of the new card is similar to the home-return permit, but Au pointed out there is a big bauhinia flower filling the center, and the card number will be shown at the see-through window on the card.

Card replacements will be done in phases from 2018 to 2022 at nine card replacement centers.

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