February 2, 2016 -
Digital security and authentication firm Gemalto has been selected by Gabon’s department of homeland security to supply and implement an end-to-end border and visa management system.
The new system will strengthen national security, improve operational efficiency and enhance the traveling experience for people entering and leaving the Central African state by simplifying and speeding up the issuance of visas, e-Visas and resident’s permits.
Gabon’s e-visa portal service now lets visitors use the Internet to apply for a visa to enter the country and once the electronic travel authorization (ETA) is granted, the visa is issued at Libreville International Airport upon arrival.
The solution is built around Gemalto’s centralized, back-office Coesys Visa and Border Management System. This supports automation of queries to databases, such as Interpol, that alert authorities to potential threats and risks. The automated border control (ABC) kiosks also offer travelers quick, ‘self-service’ passport checks at the country’s main airport.
The Border Intelligence module uses the data mined at the border and offers investigation tools to discover new risk patterns. Its reporting app can also provide information to drive tourism and prioritize national investment efforts.
“Gemalto’s solution puts us in control of a secure and adaptable integrated border management system that is field-proven,” said General Celestin Embinga, General Manager of DGDI, Gabon’s Department of Homeland Security. “It also helps expedite the border clearance process, cutting wait times and improving the customs experience for travelers. In addition, Gemalto’s speed and commitment are tangible: our new e-Visa service was defined and implemented within 14 weeks.”
“We take pride in helping Gabon’s authorities improve border security and traveler satisfaction,” said Ari Bouzbib, senior vice president of government programs at Gemalto. “Gemalto is delivering a unique solution which is flexible and fast to implement. We also combine local resources and international expertise in partnership with government bodies. This is precisely what is appreciated by our growing number of customers in Africa.”
Previously reported, Gemalto recently managed the upgrade of Guinea’s biometric voter register system, including the use of 2,500 units of the Coesys Mobile Enrollment station, a portable biometric citizen registration kit deployed throughout the country.