Gemalto, a digital security company based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, has been awarded a joint contract with a Ugandan firm, SCINTL to supply a Border Management System (BMS) including airport self-service eKiosks at Entebbe International Airport.
The new system is hoped to create a faster and more convenient border-crossing experience for travellers and strengthening homeland security.
The e-Immigration solution according to officials 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.
It is built on the Gemalto Visa Management System (VMS) that was first deployed in 2014 by the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC), part of Uganda’s Ministry of Internal Affairs.
According to Internal Affairs Minister, once the implementation of the e-Immigration solution is complete in 2019, passengers will enjoy the option of a rapid, self-guided pathway through border control, whilst authorities are provided with comprehensive, real-time data on departures from Uganda.
“Rapid growth in international air travel is going hand in hand with profound cross-border threats such as terrorism, illegal immigration and organized crime. With the introduction of advanced automated kiosks at Entebbe Airport, the Ugandan authorities are once again demonstrating their commitment to addressing all these challenges, “Minister Odongo said.
Cephas Bushuyu, the Managing Director for SCINTL, said the company will provide vital local support and know-how for a solution that encompasses supply, installation and maintenance.
“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, he added