Dr. Attila Freska Speaks at Airports Council International

The Airports Council International invited Dr. Attila Freska, Securiport’s Chief Operations Officer, to speak at the 23rd ACI Africa Region Annual Assembly held in Durban, South Africa. The theme of this year’s event is “Service Excellence: Key to the Future.”

Dr. Freska was invited to speak on the panel entitled “The Best Passenger Experience” giving perspective among other airport business stake-holders towards the delivery level of passenger service. Since it’s inception, Securiport has worked to improve passenger experience by placing safety first, and Dr. Freska’s presentation outlined that The Best Passenger Experience, is the safest one.

“Safety is ensured through passenger processing that includes not only physical security screening, but also identity checks through the immigration process.” remarks Dr. Freska. His presentation outlined how safety can be ensured by integrating all official contacts with passengers from the time they receive their boarding pass, similar to SITA’s intelligent airport concept.

Securiport Attends Congressional Hearing “Examining the U.S. Public Health Response to the Ebola Outbreak”

Securiport’s Executive Vice President of Business Development, George Canovas, attended the United States Congress’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, under the Committee of Energy and Commerce, hearing on “Examining the U.S. Public Health Response to the Ebola Outbreak.” The hearing focused on the role of U.S. public health agencies and their efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola within the U.S. The Subcommittee also evaluated the preparedness of U.S. ports, points of entry, healthcare facilities and other institutions to identify, diagnose, isolate, and treat Ebola patients in a safe and appropriate manner. Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) at the National Institute of Health (NIH), were both in attendance to testify on the Ebola outbreak.

One of the main topics of discussion was how to keep the Ebola virus contained in West Africa and limit the spread to the U.S. and other countries. Efforts to screen and identify travelers who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus in West Africa have been severely hampered by the lack of a centralized database with integrated health records across the health care providers and governments in the region as well as a lack of coordination and automated tracing tools deployed at all border entry and exit points.

The U.S. and CDC have been taking special precautions and will start to track everyone coming from Ebola nations. Starting next week, anyone travelling from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will have to report to health officials daily and take their temperature twice a day. CDC has also been working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other partners at U.S. ports of entry to use routine processes to identify travelers with signs of infectious disease. CDC has also implemented a new layer of enhanced entry screenings at five U.S. airports, which receive approximately 94% of travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“We can really play an important role in the solution,” says Securiport’s Executive Vice President, George Canovas. Currently, Securiport immigration control systems are operational in Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, and Guinea, with implementations in Liberia pending activation. Securiport’s specialized proprietary software, the Epidemic Control System (ECS), has been designed to operate within the immigration control systems, and utilizes biometrics for identity management and provides unique tools specifically aimed to identify possible carriers of the Ebola virus and control the spread of the disease. The ECS provides immediate benefits to health management agencies, institutions, and governments by enabling more effective contact tracing, and providing a common data collection platform to drive consistency in data collection. It also makes available Securiport’s proprietary Circle Monitoring and Link Analysis tools for use in contact tracing, which according to the CDC, contact tracing can have a major impact in stopping the Ebola outbreak.

“We are really excited to be a part of this discussion,” says George Canovas. “We feel very strongly that implementing our Epidemic Control System will make a huge impact in regards to keeping the Ebola virus contained in West Africa, as well as limiting its spread to other countries like the U.S. The Securiport ECS process has the ability to stop passengers before they board airplanes destined to the U.S. and other heavily populated areas, some of which are simply not prepared to handle cases of Ebola if infected passengers arrive in their country.”

Securiport can quickly upgrade its immigration control systems at airports to include the ECS within 20 days. Securiport proposes to expand its systems, including the ECS, to primary land and maritime border entry and exit points in order to enable health workers in each country to better monitor the movement of both confirmed cases of Ebola as well as suspected infections. In order to limit the human costs and economic impacts of the Ebola outbreak, governments must work together to provide and strengthen the infrastructure and security capabilities of all border entry and exit points.

Securiport is an essential force in the fight against the Ebola outbreak and other infectious diseases by providing governments and health organizations with the information they need to control the outbreak. Read more about Securiport’s role in securing borders in Africa, or Contact Us online to connect with a Securiport team member for more information.

Securiport Remains Committed to Mitigating Health Risks and Economic Impact of Ebola Virus in West Africa

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 3,400 people have died from the Ebola virus in West Africa, making the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak our world has ever seen. Ebola has proven to be a very difficult disease to contain because symptoms do not appear until 8-10 days after exposure to the virus, and even if caught early, there is no specific treatment or vaccine.

Over the past few months, Securiport, the global leader in biometric immigration control systems, has been at the front lines supporting the fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa by providing advanced biometric screening technologies along with comprehensive contact tracing data analytics and risk assessment in order to more effectively monitor and control the spread of the virus, mitigate health risks and decrease the economic impact.

Since the first patients were diagnosed with Ebola, the world has been watching in fear, praying this deadly disease would not reach their country. Airlines have grounded all flights flying to and from the affected areas in fear of traveling with an infected passenger and inadvertently spreading the virus. The governments in West Africa are simply not equipped with the necessary resources and infrastructure to respond to and control this outbreak. And there are no systems in place to effectively monitor the flow of people crossing borders or to track what and whom they’ve come into contact with.

Securiport’s primary mission and purpose is to improve international passenger safety traveling via airports. Securiport ultimately hopes to make a difference by providing immigration control systems and features such as advancedbiometric screening, risk assessment and contact tracing to airports in West African countries where Ebola has been rampant. The ultimate goal is to provide governments with necessary data and insights to monitor the flow of travelers so governments are empowered to take action to control the spread of the virus and to restore a sense of safety and security to governments and their civilians. Currently, Securiport’s immigration control systems are operational in Sierra Leone, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Equatorial Guinea, with new implementations in Liberia and Guinea pending activation.

In order to accomplish this task, Securiport has partnered and coordinated efforts with numerous world and humanitarian organizations such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the purpose of deploying the Epidemic Control System (ECS), a proprietary software that, working in tandem with the immigration systems, helps in tracking passengers who have recently been in or near the affected regions.

Securiport has also been working to coordinate and guarantee contact tracing of passengers traveling around or near the affected countries. Part of the solution to controlling and suppressing this outbreak is to conduct risk assessment and contact tracing. Knowing where a passenger has been, where they are going or what and whom they’ve come into contact with can be vital information to help control the virus from spreading.

Further, governments in the area have experienced a considerable negative economic impact as the epidemic has worsened. “The overall impact of Ebola is two fold,” says Anibal M. Cheble, General Manager at Securiport Sierra Leone. “There’s the obvious humanitarian aspect, and then there is the economic aspect. This being a spreading epidemic, people are afraid. Which leads to isolation, workplaces closing, disruption in transportation systems and ultimately panics governments and businesses into closing airports and seaports.”

If efforts are not immediately ramped up to contain the virus, the epidemic could cost Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone an upwards of $809 million combined. These countries have been devastated by deaths, costs of containing the virus, restrictions on international travel, the closing of markets and the disruption of farming activities due to the Ebola outbreak.

In order to limit the human costs and economic impacts of the Ebola virus, Securiport is continuing to provide and strengthen the infrastructure and security capabilities at West African countries’ international transportation links. Securiport is an essential force in the fight against infectious diseases by providing governments and health organizations with the information they need to control the virus.

For more info, please contact us online: http://www.securiport.com/Contact, or call Megan Gallagher, Director of Communications at +1 (202) 333-0159.

Securiport Provides Advanced Biometric Immigration Control Systems that Assist in Mitigating the Spread of the Ebola Virus in West Africa

By providing cutting-edge biometric ultrasound technology along with comprehensive contact tracing data analytics, Securiport is empowering governments and aid organizations with actionable data to help curb the spread of the deadly viral epidemic

Freetown, Sierra Leone – October 1, 2014 – Securiport, the global leader in biometric immigration control systems, is supporting the fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa by providing advanced biometric screening technologies along with comprehensive contact tracing data analytics to help governments and health organizations more effectively monitor and control the spread of the virus, mitigate the health risks and decrease the economic impact. Securiport’s immigration control systems are now in place across a total of seven West African nations, including Sierra Leone, Senegal and Ivory Coast.

“One of the more complex challenges in the fight against the spread of Ebola is managing the flow of infected individuals from one country to the next,” stated Anibal Cheble, General Manager of Securiport Sierra Leone. “Our intelligent biometric technology and data analytics keep governments informed and empowered. With our tools, they can effectively monitor the flow of people from across borders, making it easier to stop the virus from transferring from region to region.”

Governments in the region are faced with considerable challenges due to the lack of infrastructure and systems in place to monitor individuals’ contact with infected citizens, or transit through areas where infection has been documented. The symptoms of the Ebola virus are not manifested until weeks after infection, therefore travelers may pass the virus inadvertently. If left unchecked, the health impact on the region would be devastating.

Further, local governments have experienced substantial negative economic impact as the epidemic has worsened. Many airlines have suspended all commercial flights into regions where infection has been documented. This has hampered commerce and caused substantial loss of revenue from tourism and leisure activities. The epidemic could cost local economies hundreds of millions of dollars.

“Part of the solution to controlling and suppressing this outbreak is to conduct risk assessment and contact tracing,” added Anibal Cheble. “Knowing where a passenger has been, where they are going or what and whom they’ve come into contact with can be vital information to help control the spread.”

Securiport’s biometric solutions leverage ultrasound technology to provide the most accurate identity verification reporting available today. The biometric data is collected and integrated into a comprehensive database of traveler activity, and stored in a secure cloud environment. Using cutting-edge data visualization and analytics software, Securiport’s solution provides users with complex risk assessment modeling and contract tracing by leveraging Big Data to identify patterns and provide decision support metrics. Through this two-fold approach of data gathering and analytics, Securiport empowers government leaders and humanitarian groups with deeper insight into the flow of travelers so groups can take action to curb the spread of the virus. Securiport funds the implementation of the immigration systems at no cost to local governments, enabling rapid and cost-effective activation and operation.

Currently, Securiport immigration systems are operational in Sierra Leone, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Equatorial Guinea, with new implementations in Liberia and Guinea pending activation. In addition, Securiport is seeking advice from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) personnel on the ground where the Ebola viral disease is active for the purpose of deploying the Epidemic Control System (ECS), a proprietary software that, working in tandem with the immigration systems, helps in tracking passengers who have recently been in or near the affected regions.

About Securiport:
Securiport LLC is the global leader in the design and implementation of passenger biometric recognition, immigration processing, and intelligent information management and reporting software systems. With global headquarters in Washington, DC, USA, Securiport partners with governments around the world. Securiport’s Integrated Immigration Control System (IICS), a comprehensive security product that performs secure biometric recognition of travellers at immigration posts, provides proprietary intelligent information for the identification of potential security risks, criminal activity, and disease prevention based on the comparison and multidimensional analysis of the biometric data and traveler information collected during immigration processing. Learn more at www.Securiport.com.

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Equatorial Guinea National Police Complete Training

Friday, March 28th, Securiport Equatorial Guinea awarded 58 certificates to National Police agents who have completed the 60 hour training course and passed personal evaluation on Securiport systems.

The ceremony was held at the main gallery of the Malabo International Airport where attendees included Security Ministry authorities.

This course is the first of the 2014 year.

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Securiport at Interpol’s 82nd General Assembly in Cartegena

Our staff had the opportunity to travel to Cartegena de Indias, Colombia for the82nd Annual Interpol General Assembly on 21 October 2013 – 24 October 2013 to meet with delegates appointed by the governments of Interpol membering countries. Securiport was represented by Gaston Tarquini, pictured here with INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.

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