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Border and aviation security has again hit the headlines as it has come to light that security checks have not been carried out by government officials on asylum seekers in the UK,

The process of border security is a complex one that in aviation starts with the transmission of advance passenger information and passenger name records (PNR).

Airlines are obligated to submit this information when travelling between certain countries and face tough fines if they don’t comply.

For airlines, both commercial and in the business aviation sector, there are multiple options for transmission of this data, one of which is a service provided by ARINC called AviSec. This offers a per flight or flat rate pricing structure, geared towards cost efficiency for airlines or business jets.

As border security continues to be of grave concern, and airlines continue to have tighter regulation imposed upon them, it seems that it is the officials that need to be monitored to complete the enforcement process beyond the airport.

Independent Chief Inspector John Vine, of Borders and Immigration said of the current process for asylum seekers already in the UK that many cases were archived with little attempt to trace the asylum seeker. He added: “Security checks on controlled archive cases had not been undertaken routinely or consistently since April 2011. This was unacceptable. Through the inefficiency and delay of the Agency, those who would otherwise have faced removal will have accrued rights to remain in the UK.”

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This week we heard that ARINC will be providing IT maintenance and support for Japan’s AVICOM Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS).

AVICOM is Japan’s service provider for aviation communications, performing the same role as the FAA in the USA. Since the 1990’s AVICOM has used ACARS, and has selected ARINC to provide a broader service and maintenance solution that meets increasingly demanding cost expectations. ARINC will provide dedicated on-site support at AVICOM’s Network Operating Center, in addition to remote support in locations across Japan. The complete ARINC managed solution comprises asset management, incident management, preventive maintenance and reporting.

“This is the first time we’ve been contracted to support an ACARS system and provide maintenance for back-end network infrastructure in this way,” said Jim L. Martin, Managing Director, ARINC Asia Pacific. “This engagement highlights the flexibility of our IT support capabilities to develop solutions for a variety of technical environments,” Martin continued.

For more information on ARINC’s services airport management please visit the AviNet Airport site. For specific information on ACARSs and the transmission of Type B Messages please visit the Type B Messaging site.