Airport systems expert ARINC Inc. has recently won another project in another airport, this time in the Maldives.
ARINC said it has been chosen by Maldives Department of Immigration and Emigration to implement its eBorders Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS). The system will help the country’s border control agencies and airlines optimise the flow of international passengers while ensuring strict controls at the country’s ports of entry. ARINC has been given five years to implement the project in Maldives international airports.
For a popular tourist destination such as the Maldives, efficient flow of passengers through its international airports is crucial. According to the country’s Ministry of Tourism, the Republic of Maldives welcomed almost a million tourists as of end December 2012 (http://www.tourism.gov.mv/downloads/arrival_updates/2012/dec_2012.pdf), up three percent from the previous year.
"Maldives remains a popular destination for travellers, attracting an increasing number of visitors from all over the world," said Hamid Fathuhulla, deputy controller, Department of Immigration & Emigration, Maldives. "We have chosen ARINC as our technology partner because of their industry leadership as well as proven expertise and experience working with the world's airports and airlines. We are confident ARINC will meet our technology needs every step of the way as we continue to grow."
ARINC said its APIS can review the passenger information even before the aircraft lands on the airport. The company said this feature can facilitate faster passenger flow and enhances the security of national borders.
Smoother passenger flow is facilitated because the APIS electronically processes information, and translates data into the formats required by border control authorities. Using industry-standard API messaging, the system allows seamless communication and sharing of passenger information among border control authorities in the country of destination.
"It is crucial for airports and other points of entry to meet their border security and control requirements while providing the highest levels of customer service. At the same time, they need to manage increased operational costs as a result of compliance to new security requirements and mandates," said Michael DiGeorge, managing director, ARINC in Asia Pacific. "We are committed to helping The Maldives meet its current and future border security and control objectives."
The APIS includes network transport technology, messaging service, and message format translations. It is cost effective and easy to use, and can be tailor-made to the requirements of the customers but in keeping with international standards.
ARINC has been implementing similar airport projects worldwide. Recently, it bagged a deal to integrate the systems for Vietnam’s new Terminal 2 at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Air Turks and Caicos has also recently chosen ARINC’s AviNet Electronic Borders solution to transmit Advance Passenger Information (API) to the Dominican Republic.
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