Gemalto awarded Uganda's new e-immigration solution to manage international visitors

Gemalto, in cooperation with local partner SCINTL, has announced it has been awarded the contract for a Border Management System (BMS) at Uganda´s Entebbe International Airport, including airport self-service eKiosks, the company said.

The border management systems will create a faster and more convenient border-crossing experience for travelers and strengthening homeland security.

The e-Immigration solution uses Gemalto´s 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.

Entebbe International Airport, servicing Uganda´s capital, Kampala, welcomed over 1.5 million travelers in 2017, and 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.

Gemalto is an established technology partner for DCIC. The existing VMS combines applications, processing and issuance for all pre-paid visas and permits, and incorporates a secure and convenient online portal, and biometric enrolment facilities in foreign missions and on arrival in the country. In December 2017, the VMS won the Uganda Government´s JLOS ICT Innovation Award.