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A Credential Authentication system is to be installed at major U.S. airports for screening passenger information in place of visual inspection. The seven-year, $85 million contract has been awarded by the Transport Security Administration (TSA) and will read multiple security features contained within passenger identification documents to ensure that it is genuine.

MorphoTrust is a provider of identity solutions and will undertake the contract for the TSA. “MorphoTrust E-CAT is the culmination of many years of work to address airport security requirements following the 9/11 tragedy, while simplifying travel for American citizens,” MorphoTrust CEO Bob Eckel said. “It is also just the beginning of our vision for what’s possible in air travel, creating a future in which passengers can move easily and securely from the curb to the gate without boarding passes or security lines.”

The electronic security industry is helping to secure borders across the world with the latest technology. EBorders solutions are helping to take security to another level with solutions for passenger processing and screening, the secure and reliable transfer of Advance Passenger Information, biometric security and bioterrorism detection systems.

Electronic Border Management Solutions ProvidersUnder the Capacity Building for Border Management (CBBM) project, Tanzania introduced a biometric e-border management system for residence permits, with an aim to capture biometric samples from the applicants, when registering their data in an electronic database.

The system is based at the Immigration Department Headquarters in Dar es Salaam and is customised to the specific needs of Tanzania.  The new system will increase the speed and efficiency of the entire process reducing instances of human error and will result in an automated, paperless application process.

Funded in a joint project by the EU and UN Tanzania, Japan International Co-operation Agency, Refugees and Migration (PRM), the US State Department’s Bureau for Population and Servico de Estrangeirose e Fronteiras (SEF) it is hoped that the electronic border management solution will improve border security and streamline operations within the two-year project.

The immigration departments of the participating countries have received extensive training during the project for migration and health, identity and data management, counter trafficking and security documentation, in addition to the training received during workshops on the concept of the One Stop Border Post (OSBP), electronic border management information system and on standard SOPs

The Principal Commissioner of Immigration Service said, “Tanzania immigration department has been waiting for a long time to have such a system, which will considerably improve our ability to deliver an efficient and fast service to our customers.”

The implementation of the electronic border management system is amongst the last aims of the CBBM project, which has been targeted towards the establishment of an efficient and secure borders information management system across the borders of Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi.

Electronic border management solutions help to improve security and speed up operations, allowing airports and border control departments greater productivity.  In airports across the world, communications companies, such as ARINC, provide messaging solutions to help this process of electronic border management.

Solutions for Improved Data Security in AirportsIATA has announced a call to action for the aviation industry, regulators and governments across the world to reform aviation security through a partnership with a focus on a globally harmonised system.

Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO of IATA, while speaking at the 22nd AVISEC World Conference, held in Istanbul, said “Aviation security stands at a crossroads. Global passenger numbers will be approaching four billion per year by 2017, and the aging systems and outdated procedures of the current security system will not be able to cope. We need to change from prescriptive one-size-fits-all measures and embrace performance-based regulation if the economic benefits of aviation growth are not to be curtailed by security inefficiency.”

The move comes in direct support of the swift delivery of advance passenger information (API) to enable government departments and border security to screen passengers before they arrive on the ground at their destination.  High risk passengers can be identified and prevented from boarding the initial flight, or stopped from entering the destination country.

More than 45 states already operate API or PNR programs.  It is critical for the swift delivery of such information that the entire system is harmonised in line with ICAO regulation.  The issue of cost of collection of the vital information has yet to be finalised.

Mr Tyler went on to say, “Governments and industry can work together to make better use of the data collected. A good example is the checkpoint of the future initiative, which aims to improve the security and convenience of passenger screening by moving to a risk-based approach and adopting advanced technology. The flying public is eager to see the checkpoint of future deployed as quickly as possible. Stakeholders are aligned behind a staged implementation that will see the first versions in 2014. Subsequent stages will see us move from re-purposing equipment and using data more thoughtfully to the eventual deployment of new equipment in the final stage, around 2020.”

chi-speedy-passport-process-coming-to-midway-2-001Chicago Department of Aviation announced last week that Chicago Midway Airport will soon implement the same speedy passport process as O’Hare Airport did earlier this year.

The fully automated passport control is all about moving passengers quickly and safely through border clearance processes with the ability to enter information at a self-service kiosk.

This eliminates the filling in of paper customs declaration forms in the U.S., instead scanning passports and answering question on a touch screen.

Photographs are taken of each passenger at the kiosk and, once the verification questions and customs declaration are completed, then a receipt is printed to present to the customs officer.

The system is designed to speed up the entire process of passenger processing, not just in the US, but across the world too.

European countries, such as France are expanding the self-service idea, with many airlines utilising vMUSE and CUTE self-service systems, with many aviation companies placing a direct focus upon these emerging markets.  ARINC, for example have launched a French language site for their electronic and automated borders solutions.

 

ARINC’s AviNet Mail was selected by more than 1,000 users during the first half of 2013; it was recently announced, lending weight to the claim that the aviation messaging solution is indeed industry-leading!

AviNet Mail and ARINC’s AviSec solutions reliably and securely deliver more than 30 million messages per day to over 30,000 users, figures that represent half the world’s critical type b messaging. ARINC’s cost-effective solution enables Type b and SMS messaging over a secure network and is used daily by airlines, airports, ground handling operations, caterers and dispatch operators, to name but a few…

One of the features of the system is that the AviNet Mail service can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection and is operated upon a highly secure, private network.  Sensitive data can be reliably transmitted via a single user interface, enabling the low-cost transmission of passenger data, including advanced passenger information and PNR in addition to all other critical messaging.

“AviNet Mail is the industry’s leading platform because it enables customers to maximize operational efficiency and, ultimately, reduce Type B messaging costs,” said Laura Birt, Sales Director, Aviation Solutions at ARINC EMEA. “We are seeing this continuous rise in adoption and use because AviNet Mail is a highly reliable solution that ensures critical messages are communicated quickly and efficiently—and in line with our customers’ budgets.”

ARINC continue to provide innovative solutions for the aviation industry, staying ahead of the game in this ever-expanding sector.

electronic border managementChicago O’Hare International Airport officials have announced that they will be launching an Automated Passport Control Programme to help passengers take more control of their journey by using self-service kiosks to speed up the US border clearance procedure and streamline operations with electronic border management.

“This technology reinforces Chicago’s leading position as a world-class destination for business and leisure travellers while spurring economic growth and smartly improving our nation’s security,” said Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel.

The new procedure for electronic border management became operational in Terminal 5 at the beginning of July and is open for free use to all US passengers arriving at Chicago’s O’Hare.  During the first month, the average waiting time over peak periods has been reduced by 16 minutes or an impressive 33%.

The introduction of the electronic border management system means that US passengers can proceed directly to the self-service kiosks to input their information, rather than filling in the paper Customs forms.  They can scan their passports and answer standard questions electronically using the user-friendly, touch-screen interface.

Self-service kiosks are also used for check-in operations around the world and are saving airlines, airports and passengers time and ultimately money with streamlined passenger processing and increased operational efficiency.  Companies such as ARINC Inc, provide cost-effective solutions for global travel improvements.

It has been suggested by BAOA that to implementation of APIS could help to alleviate the security concerns raised in India.

Due to these heightened security concerns, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has blocked temporary landing permits (TLPs) for the crews of foreign business jets of non-scheduled operators (NSOPs).  They will now require mandatory employment visa’s from them to work upon flights within the country after arrival and the possibility of advance passenger information system (APIS).

The movement has placed severe restrictions upon business aviation within India and may be as much as 60% of the entire movement of 24,000 general aviation aircraft on a monthly basis recorded last year that will be affected by the regulatory changes.

Previous TLP’s were issued through the Bureau of Immigration for up to 72 hours for NSOPs foreign registered aircraft flight crew.

Mr Rajesh Bali, Secretary of the Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) is concerned that business and tourism industries will be hit by the changes and recommended to the Government that they mandate APIS for NSOPs which will enable the MHA to ‘Scrutinise personally any passenger or crew flying in on business jets, as it happens in the case of scheduled airlines.’

APIS is currently mandatory for US flights, both national and international and gives the DHS the opportunity to highlight possible high risk passengers and crew before the flight even touches down.

While the issue of TLPs is suspended, airports in major destinations, such as Delhi and Mumbai are losing vital revenue in fees from business aviation.

The BAOA has suggested that if MHA will move to implement a system where crew would be issued a 3-5 year visa as is the regulation in the US, that it continue to issue TLPs until a permanent decision can be made.

Digital APIS offers reliable and secure delivery of Advance Passenger Information and Passenger Name Records, including that of the aircraft crew.  APIS solutions are offered by business aviation communications providers for border security.

ARINC eBorders APIS is part of a suite of integrated Electronic Border Control solutions designed to improve border security with the provision of passenger and crew data in advance of arrival offering Immigration greater control over the flow of people to and from the country.

Paradise holiday destination, The Maldives have just awarded ARINC a five-year contract for the implementation of ARINC eBorders APIS at its international airports in a bid to improve efficiency and passenger flow in addition to the obvious security enhancement of advance passenger and crew information.

Mr Hamid Fathuhulla, Deputy Controller for the Department of Immigration and Emigration in the Maldives said, “We have chosen ARINC as our technology partner because of their industry leadership as well as proven expertise and experience of working with the world’s airports and airlines.  We are confident ARINC will meet our technology needs every step of the way as we continue to grow.”

ARINC offer tailored solutions according to the individual requirements of each customer and the industry standards of the international trade organizations and governmental mandates.  With decades of industry experience, ARINC remain world leaders in the fields of aviation, transportation and security, offering an extensive range of technological and communications solutions in the air, on the sea and on the ground.

Michael DiGeorge, ARINC Asia Pacific Managing Director said, “It is crucial for airports and other points of entry to meet their border security and control requirements while providing the highest levels of customer service.  At the same time, they need to manage increased operational costs as a result of compliance to new security requirements and mandates.  We are committed to helping the Maldives meet its current and future border security and control objectives.”

With the rise in international travel, imports and exports across Europe, border management is proving to be increasingly difficult, due to the simultaneous rise of illegal immigration, drug crimes and human trafficking.  As a result, border management is soaring to the top of the priority list in many European countries.

Border agencies are seeking new and efficient ways to lower the risks of these activities and up the border management in their countries.

The Border Management and Technologies Summit will address these issues and discuss solutions such as increasing the use of biometrics, access control, surveillance and advance profiling to name a few.

Industry-leading companies, such as ARINC, provide tailored electronic border management solutions to the marketplace as a part of their extensive suite of services, to enhance border control and passenger data management.