Gemalto wins contract for biometric border management system in Uganda

The Ugandan Government has awarded Gemalto and its local partner SCINTL a contract to supply a biometric Border Management System (BMS) that includes airport self-service eKiosks at Entebbe International Airport.

The new eImmigration solution uses Gemalto’s fingerprint and facial recognition technology combined with a passport scan to identify 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.

Entebbe International Airport saw more than 1.5 million travelers in 2017, and the new kiosks will further boost its capacity to handle the growing number of business and leisure visitors. Implementation of the eImmigration solution is expected to be complete in 2019.

Gemalto is a proven and valued partner of DCIC,” said General Jeje A. Odongo, Minister of Internal Affairs for the Ugandan Government. “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.”

Acuity Research Principal Maxine Most says 2019 is a critical tipping point for airport biometrics, as the market expands beyond e-gates and kiosks, which themselves are expected to generate $1.3 billion over the next five years with deployments around the world.

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