iBorders Advance Passenger Processing used to control World Cup visitors

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs today celebrated the success of Advance Passenger Processing (APP), the border management solution from air transport IT specialist SITA, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The system, which was implemented in just nine months, successfully kept “undesirables” from entering the country during the tournament.

More than 1.5 million passengers were processed in June and July using SITA’s technology, 350 were subjected to extra examination while more than 60 people were stopped from entering because their names appeared on South Africa’s Visa and Entry Stop List or watch lists provided by Interpol and soccer’s governing body FIFA.

SITA’s solution, iBorders APP, effectively moves the country’s borders to the point of departure. It allows airlines and governments to transfer passport details in an interactive and real-time manner enabling instructions to be sent as passengers check-in, to prevent those who would be denied entry to the country from boarding the aircraft. As it eliminates fines associated with the transportation of inadmissible travellers, airlines flying to South Africa are expected to save millions of dollars in processing and repatriation fees.

via SITA helps secure South Africa’s borders | SITA.aero.

Botswana: No system to deal with gun crime

The Commissioner of Police in Gaborone, Thebeyame Tsimako, says the use of illegal arms in criminal activities has increased in Botswana but the lack of a database of registered weapons is hindering police efforts to deal with the situation.

A recent report concluded that there is a pressing need for the introduction of a database to document legally owned firearms at the police Central Arms Registry. “This will assist in the investigation of crime and monitoring of permits and licences. The absence of a database means that verification of licences is not up to date and time consuming to reply to enquiries from police stations and other stakeholders,” the report says.

via Mmegi Online, 10 Dec 2009

Nigerian car theft database imminent

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, on Thursday said the police had designed new measures to combat car theft in the country. Onovo, who spoke at an interactive session with journalists in Abuja, said the police would soon open a web portal, which would fast-track the investigation of such cases. He said, “The e-solution to vehicle theft, which will become operational soon, will enable the police to have a comprehensive database of stolen vehicles in the country. It will also provide a platform for members of the public to make online reports to the police promptly while they get alerts through their e-mail addresses and mobile phones when a recovery is made. This holds the prospect of reducing the rate of car theft, discouraging fake insurance, putting a stop to multiple registrations and stifling the easy disposal of stolen vehicles by criminals.”

via Olusola Fabiyi at The Punch Online

Ghana 2010: Infrastructure and policing

Ghana’s Finance Minister Kwabena Duffuor delivered his 2010 budget last week with modest plans for ICT development.

The national fibre optic backbone will be extended to the northern parts of the country and all district capitals will be linked to high speed broadband. A criminal intelligence database will be developed.

And:

“A business and performance based framework, known as the Enterprise Architecture, to support cross-agency collaboration and transformation of government-wide network and other public sector improvement in pursuit of a vibrant egovernment service delivery.”

Can anybody figure out what this could possibly mean?

New HR system for Uganda’s Defence Force

The Ugandan defence ministry has launched a new HR system, which is expected to remove ‘ghosts’ from its payrolls. Before launching the system, the ministry had to deal with bulky paper-work, tinkering by paymasters, inadequate response in case of accidents and ‘ghost soldiers’. The new system is backed by fingerprint security which aims to eliminate impersonation from the army.

With the system, identification cards embedded with a micro-chip containing biometric data about the soldier are easily printed. Additional information such as blood-group help to expedite treatment (like transfusion) in case of an accident or identification in case of tragedy.

The system is the first in a series of ICT projects for the UPDF. The next step is aimed at the effective management of logistics, including tracking fuel.

via Henry Mukasa of New Vision at allAfrica.com

Delays and overspend on SA Id project

The South African Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA) controversial project to distribute access to its Identity and fingerprint databases is running into overspend and late delivery problems.

The project could potentially revolutionise the DHA by providing access to two core systems to branch offices and field teams. The national population register (NPR) and the Home Affairs National Information System (Hanis) have, to date, only been accessible to officials at the DHA’s Watloo, Pretoria, head office.

SA Police told to “prepare properly” for DNA database

via News24

The South African National Assembly’s Police Committee sent a SA Police delegation packing for failing to explain how the department would set up a proposed national DNA database. The delegation of senior police officers was instructed to prepare properly and reappear before the committee at a later date.

Committee chairperson Sindi Chikunga cut short a briefing by senior police officials because they could not say how much money or staff it would take to create the database provided for in the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill. The bill was intended to expand police powers to collect and store DNA samples, and establish and administer a national DNA database. It also gave police access to the home affairs department’s electronic database, which currently stored fingerprints of 31 million citizens and about 2.5 million foreigners, as well as to the transport department’s database where six million thumbprints were stored. At present police only have access to their own database, which stores fingerprints of a limited number of convicted persons.

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