Jamaica’s Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) has deployed SITA’s iBorders Advanced Management API to enhance passenger processing and effective supervision of security resources.
The agency has incorporated APIS data in its border management system to eliminate queuing of outbound passengers at immigration checkpoints for Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston and Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.
SITA’s border management technology will process and verify advance passenger information (API) from 40 carriers flying in and out of Jamaica, and will convert the API in readily programmable format and assist in rapid risk assessment by authorities.
The API data includes the standard information enclosed in passengers’ passports, which is pooled with flight information and then delivered by airlines to appropriate border control agencies following the aircraft’s departure.
The technology will provide PICA with systematic data prior to the flights’ departure from Jamaica and allow risk analysis before passengers depart from the island.
SITA Government Solutions vice president Dan Ebbinghaus said that in the past partial passenger manifest information was supplied by the airlines to PICA, which was not filtered or formatted as required.
"With SITA iBorders, we now collect and process the data from the airlines, making sure that it is delivered as quickly as possible and in the processable format that the Jamaican authorities want," Ebbinghaus said.
"Our system also strengthens policy enforcement because Jamaica is presented with clear data to analyse and use to make decisions."
SITA will process around 4.8 million passengers’ information through its systems per year, with Jamaica obtaining the information to carry out risk analysis, which will also eliminate the manual immigration check for outgoing passengers.
Passengers can directly move to the lounge and shopping areas upon clearing security and entirely avoid queuing at an immigration checkpoint if they are flying with airlines that are active on the system.
Image: The incorporation of APIS data into border management systems is helping PCIA to eliminate the need for outbound passengers to queue at immigration checkpoints at Norman Manley International Airport.