The Department of Immigration and Border Protection of Australia is conducting automated checks for passengers travelling to another country from any Australian airport.
The Outward Advance Passenger Processing (APP) programme has deployed iBorders system provided by global IT solutions and border security provider SITA.
The latest system allows real-time integration between airline systems and the Australian department’s border management systems.
The Outward APP programme was deployed after the Australian Government enacted legislation to enhance the continent’s border security.
As part of the process, airlines have to provide information on all passengers before their departure.
Each airline needs to send the department information about passengers during their check-in, before receiving a ‘board’ / ‘no board’ response message in real-time.
Travellers who have pre-cleared for departure can quickly move through passport control using the SmartGate deployed at Australian international airports.
Department of Immigration and Border Protection Traveller Branch Assistant Secretary John Gibbon said: "Outward APP delivers a faster and more seamless experience for travellers, while meeting our business needs to manage threats and ensure the integrity of Australia’s border."
The system is used to identify travellers who might be a security concern before departure.
iBorders allows the department to receive passenger information from the airlines before they board their flight. This gives the department enough time to pre-process them before they arrive at the border.
SITA President Asia Pacific Ilya Gutlin said: "This sophisticated Outward APP programme builds on the existing solutions that SITA has been providing to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection since 2000, when the country geared up for the influx of arrivals for the Olympic Games.
"Working in sync with the airlines, Australia now runs advance, automatic checks on every passenger arriving or departing the country, making the journey smoother for authorised travellers while addressing issues with persons of interest."
Nearly 30 governments across the world use iBorders systems to maintain the security of their borders.
Image: SITA’s iBorders enables the department to receive passenger data from the airlines much ahead of their flight. Photo: courtesy of SITA.