ARINC has announced the launch of a new Intelligence-Led Border Management System by its Europe, Middle East & Africa office. The system will enable state border agencies to cost-effectively manage security risks, and facilitate the flow of passengers through airports and other border check points.
The ARINC Border Management System (ABMS) has been designed to meet the requirements of countries to protect their borders against a range of threats, from terrorism to organised crime and illegal immigration. It offers a scalable and robust solution to meet the varying budgets and specific requirements of individual border agencies in Europe, The Middle East, and Africa.
From an entry solution upwards, the ARINC Border Management System offers a new and higher level of functionality across the spectrum, from threat assessment to identity management, investigation, and traveller facilitation.
The focus is on providing border agents with a usable flow of information derived from the range of available traveller data and external intelligence sources. The ARINC ABMS interface uses ARINC’s AviNet® global communications network to carry and process the data streams. These include traveller data from passports, visas, watch lists, and passenger name record (PNR), advanced passenger information (API), no fly, and authority to carry (ATC) lists, combined with external data from law enforcement agencies, Interpol, Europol, and Customs.
Key to ARINC’s ABMS is the exploitation of technology to maximise human resources. Low-risk passengers who are pre-checked or hold new electronic passports can be streamed through a primary line, for example a line with electronic gates. This frees the border agent for higher-risk categories where the human interface can be of vital importance, and prevents these passengers from holding up the flow.
"With over 100 countries in the EMEA region, there are wide variations in the mode of operating border control and in budgets. For this reason ARINC’s approach uniquely allows each country to have a robust and scalable system tailored to their needs," said Ray Batt, director, Government & Security, ARINC EMEA.
As a system integrator, ARINC is able to select best-of-breed software and hardware suppliers to incorporate new technology developments. The ABMS draws on ARINC’s integrated border information and control systems (IBICS) framework and its understanding of advanced passenger information systems business processes and physical security systems for airports and other critical infrastructure.