The Ministry of Defence will allow the use of camera-enabled phones in 14 selected camps from Sep 1 onwards in a test pilot project.
In a media statement, MINDEF said the pilot security zoning programme would segregate these 14 camps into Red and Green Zones.
Bedok, Maju, Khatib, Kranji II and III, Jurong II, Seletar, Clementi, Pasir Ris, Sungei Gedong, SAFTI Military Institute, Depot Road, Pulau Tekong and Pasir Laba Camps are the 14 camps involved in the pilot project.
[Full list and the Green Zones here]
Servicemen will be allowed to carry camera-equipped mobile phones into the Green Zones, while those who need to enter the Red Zone will have to deposit their phones at designated lockers prior to entry.
Red Zones include areas with classified information and equipment such as server rooms, unit operation rooms and offices with computer access to sensitive data.
All other areas outside the Red Zone will be marked as Green Zone -- this includes bunks, medical centres and cookhouses.
However, photography in all SAF camp premises for both Red and Green Zones is still not allowed unless given prior permission.
The security zoning programme would segregate camps into Red and Green Zones. 14 camps will take part in this pilot …
Plans to review the camera-phone ban were first announced in September 2011, because SAF recognised that there were “potential benefits provided by smartphones”.
Earlier this year, local telco M1 started selling a modified iPhone with no camera to cater to in-camp personnel.
Two years later, military personnel were warned not to form online military groups on social networking website, Facebook.