Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence serv­ing border se­cu­rity

The Africa Report - - ADVERTORIAL -

With over 3 bil­lion air pas­sen­gers around the world per year, border con­trol is be­com­ing a big is­sue for gov­ern­ments. Coun­tries seek to strike a bal­ance be­tween se­cu­rity mea­sures to pro­tect their coun­tries and an ef­fi­cient flow and bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence for grow­ing num­bers of trav­el­ers. Fac­ing this dou­ble chal­lenge, IDEMIA sup­ports states in pro­tect­ing their borders: be­fore the trip with the an­tic­i­pa­tion of the risk and the elec­tronic visas which boost ef­fi­ciency and border se­cu­rity by de­liv­er­ing ir­refutable proof of iden­tity un­der­pinned by cross­check­ing doc­u­ments with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lists prior to travel; but also dur­ing the trip with the con­trol of the en­tries and ex­its of trav­el­ers.

Bio­met­rics to con­trol borders

Im­mi­gra­tion and cus­toms au­thor­i­ties are the first in­line to pre­vent ter­ror­ist at­tacks and com­bat or­ga­nized crime and hu­man traf­fick­ing. Yet an ex­plo­sion in num­bers of trav­el­ers is ham­per­ing their task to pin­point threats with­out slow­ing down pas­sen­ger flows. Re­cent border se­cu­rity im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing use of cut­ting-edge bio­met­ric tech­nol­ogy, en­sures ev­ery­one who en­ters and leaves a coun­try is safely iden­ti­fied, while pro­vid­ing more ac­cu­rate de­tails of who is in a coun­try at any given time. Bio­met­ric tech does in­deed re­li­ably match up trav­el­ers with their travel doc­u­ments, thereby pro­vid­ing ir­refutable proof of iden­tity. and im­prove peo­ple’s travel ex­pe­ri­ence via elec­tronic coun­ters, self-ser­vice check-ins and au­to­matic pass­port con­trols.

Risk man­age­ment by an­tic­i­pat­ing threats

To counter grow­ing threats, sys­tems au­to­mat­i­cally col­lect­ing and an­a­lyz­ing pas­sen­ger data al­ready ex­ist in many coun­tries to help au­thor­i­ties carry out their du­ties. In­for­ma­tion given be­fore fly­ing (API - Ad­vance Pas­sen­ger In­for­ma­tion) and reser­va­tion de­tails (PNR - Pas­sen­ger Name Record) helps au­thor­i­ties an­a­lyze and check pas­sen­ger data in real time be­fore they en­ter or leave a coun­try, while im­prov­ing high data vol­ume pro­cess­ing. Data gath­ered (trav­el­ers’ pre­vi­ous trips abroad or pay­ments made), help the au­thor­i­ties pin­point po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous trav­el­ers and as­sess risks to pas­sen­gers with a view to car­ry­ing out in-depth checks in the case of a real threat. So threats can be an­tic­i­pated and man­power saved by con­cen­trat­ing on the small num­ber of really dan­ger­ous pas­sen­gers. The travel ex­pe­ri­ence is also smoother and en­hanced due to shorter wait­ing times for the vast ma­jor­ity of pas­sen­gers. An­a­lyz­ing travel data prior to a flight, which is made eas­ier by lat­est AI tech, also brings ad­di­tional re­sources to se­cu­rity of­fi­cers. Thanks to bio­met­ric pas­sen­ger iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy, of­fi­cers can now con­cen­trate more on in­ves­ti­gat­ing dan­ger­ous in­di­vid­u­als.

IDEMIA’S lat­est gen­er­a­tion so­lu­tions, in­clud­ing bio­met­ric con­tact­less tech­nol­ogy, help im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers in their daily border se­cu­rity tasks

IDEMIA’S lat­est gen­er­a­tion so­lu­tions, in­clud­ing bio­met­ric con­tact­less tech­nol­ogy, help im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers in their daily border se­cu­rity tasks. The tech does in­deed pro­vide bet­ter se­cu­rity, make pas­sen­ger flows smoother

Olivier CHARLANES, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Afrique IDEMIA Civil Iden­tity & Pub­lic Se­cu­rity

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