Tech to ease Uganda entry
16 Jan 2019 - by
Gemalto, a global digital security company, in co-operation with SCINTL, a technology solution company, has been awarded the contract for the supply of a Border Management System (BMS) including airport self-service eKiosks at Entebbe Airport, Uganda. This creates a faster and more convenient border-crossing experience for travellers whilst strengthening homeland security.
The e-Immigration solution uses Gemalto's state-of-the-art fingerprint and facial recognition technology, combined with a passport scan to ensure swift and accurate identification of passengers leaving the country.
Once implementation of the e-Immigration solution is completed in 2019, passengers will enjoy the option of a fast, self-guided pathway through border control, whilst authorities are provided with comprehensive, real-time data on departures from Uganda.
The existing VMS combines applications, processing and issuance for all pre-paid visas and permits, and incorporates a secure and convenient online portal, and biometric enrolment facilities in foreign missions and on arrival in the country.
“Rapid growth in international air travel is going hand in hand with profound cross-border threats such as terrorism, illegal immigration and organised crime," said Thierry Mesnard, VP Sales Africa for Gemalto. "With the introduction of advanced automated kiosks at Entebbe Airport, the Ugandan authorities are once again demonstrating their commitment to addressing all these challenges.”
SCINTL will provide local support and know-how for a solution that encompasses supply, installation and maintenance. Cephas T. Bushuyu, Managing Director of SCINTL, added: “Overseas visitors are playing a key role in Uganda's economic development, and many will now enjoy the option of a safe, fast-track border-crossing experience.”