Gemalto, a global leader in digital security, in cooperation with SCINTL, a leading Uganda based IT company, has been awarded a contract for the supply of a Border Management System (BMS) – including airport self-service eKiosks – at the country’s Entebbe Airport.
The move is aimed at creating a faster and more convenient border-crossing experience for travelers as well as strengthening Uganda’s homeland security.
The so called ‘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. 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.
The move is also aimed at boosting Uganda’s ability to manage international visitors.
Entebbe International Airport, which serves Uganda’s capital of Kampala, welcomed over 1.5 million travelers in 2017. Gemalto believes that the new eKiosks will further boost its capacity to handle the growing number of business and leisure visitors heading to Uganda, a progressive east African state with a population of over 40 million.
Once 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.
“Gemalto is a proven and valued partner of DCIC,” said General Jeje A. Odongo, Minister of Internal Affairs for the Ugandan Government, following the announcement.
“The new ABC – Automated Border Control Solution marks the latest step forward in the modernization, enhancement of security of border control management in Uganda, delivering important benefits for visitors and citizens alike,” Odongo added.
“Rapid growth in international air travel is going hand in hand with profound cross-border threats such as terrorism, illegal immigration and organized crime,” commented 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,” Mesnard continued.
“SCINTL 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,” concluded Managing Director for SCINTL, Cephas Bushuyu.