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Uganda’s Entebbe Airport lands e-immigration services deal with Gemalto

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International digital security firm Gemalto will supply Uganda’s Entebbe Airport with a new border management system (BMS) after being awarded the e-immigration services contract.

The Gemalto contract is in cooperation with local tech solutions firm SCINTL.

In a press statement on January 14, Gemalto said the BMS will include airport self-service eKiosks which will create “a faster and more convenient border-crossing experience for travelers” while “strengthening homeland security.”

Gemalto said, “The said 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.”

The international digital security firm added that the BMS will allow the airport to better handle its growing capacity by boosting its e-immigration services.

Entebbe International Airport is Uganda’s principal airport and in 2017 welcomed over 1.5 million travellers.

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Uganda’s Internal Affairs Minister General Jeje A. Odongo said of the deal,”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.”

Thierry Mesnard, VP Sales Africa for Gemalto remarked that rapid growth in international air travel is going hand in hand with profound cross-border threats.

“With the introduction of advanced automated kiosks at Entebbe Airport, the Ugandan authorities are once again demonstrating their commitment to addressing all these challenges,” he said.

Local tech solutions firm SCINTL said it will provide vital local tech support and know-how for the system. SCINTL Managing Director Cephas T. Bushuyu said visitors to Uganda will now enjoy the option of a “safe, fast-track border crossing experience.”

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