15 more army camps to allow camera phones

15 more army camps to allow camera phones

SINGAPORE - Camera phones will be allowed in 15 more army camps from next month, as the Singapore Armed Forces further eases its ban to make it easier for national servicemen to stay connected while training.

These additional camps, which include Amoy Quee and Sembawang, join 14 others where camera phones are already allowed on their premises as part of a trial which started a year ago.

A review of the trial found that the camp's sensitive areas were still protected while "allowing flexibility and minimising disruption" to servicemen, said National Service Affairs director Tung Yui Fai.

With the increasing popularity of smartphones with bigger screens, the SAF will also remove restrictions on screen sizes. Previously, screens on camera phones were limited to 4.3 inches (11cm).

However, the taking of photos in camp remains prohibited, and phones will subjected to routine checks. Other mobile devices such as tablets and laptops remain banned.

Camera phones, including in-vehicle cameras, will be allowed in zones marked green, such as cookhouses, bunks and medical centres.

Zones that are marked red - unit operations rooms and offices with sensitive information, for example - are no-camera-phone zones. Servicemen will have to deposit their phones in lockers before entering these areas.

The latest move to ease camera phone curbs is aimed at helping operationally-ready NSmen balance their training and work commitment.

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