Securiport’s Innovative Immigration Control Solutions Can Help Dismantle Human Smuggling Networks and Other Criminal Activity by Implementing Secure Borders in Honduras

Securiport, a global leader in the design and implementation of passenger biometric recognition, immigration control systems, and intelligent information management and reporting software systems, is committed to the Science of Safer Nations by empowering governments to enhance border security and combat criminal activity by utilizing solutions such as Securiport’s Integrated Immigration Control System (IICS).

Securiport’s Integrated Immigration Control System (IICS), is a comprehensive security solution that empowers border management and immigration control. It utilizes advanced biometric identification systems and provides proprietary intelligent information to identify potential security risks and criminal activity, which improves the effectiveness of immigration officials and aviation security personnel. When coupled with Securiport’s Intelligent Information Management and Profiling, a methodology for cross-referencing passenger information across international immigration databases, the IICS provides governments, airport security and immigration officials with a comprehensive set of traveler data and information that can be used to cross-match immigration databases to uncover patterns and identify security risks. By providing invaluable information, governments and nations wishing to enhance border security can prevent criminals from illegally entering or leaving their country’s borders.

A country such as Honduras could benefit greatly from implementing one of Securiport’s innovative border management solutions. In recent months, the Government of the Republic of Honduras has been working to prevent and reduce human and narcotic traffickers as well as other criminals from illegally crossing its borders. Honduras and the United Sates have recently held a High Level Security Dialogue to discuss ways the United States and Honduras can continue to work together to hold the criminals accountable and strengthen the nation’s borders. Honduras highlighted its notable successes over the past year, including the extradition of major drug traffickers to the United States and an impressive drop in the homicide rate, and outlined its strategy for countering threats like transnational organized crime and trafficking in persons and drugs [1].

With the assistance of Securiport, implementing advanced solutions such as the Integrated Immigration Control System and Intelligent Information Management and Profiling, Honduras can substantially improve their border security and dismantle human smuggling networks and other criminal activity. Just last year, Securiport’s Intelligent Information Management Data Analytics enabled international authorities to interdict a Senegal-based human trafficking ring, resulting in numerous criminal arrests. By leveraging these systems, the government of Honduras and immigration officials will be able to equip themselves with the actionable data and necessary information needed to keep all of ports of entry secure. This creates a safer and more secure nation.


Connecting Ivory Coast to INTERPOL’s I-24/7

Continuing the company mission to keep citizens and travelers safe, Securiport successfully connects INTERPOL’s I-24/7 with the existing Integrated Immigration Control System (IICS) of Ivory Coast in Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport.

Developed to connect law enforcement officers worldwide, I-24/4 is a secure global police network. As sophisticated criminals work on a global level, it is essential that security officials at national border points and airports are capable of sharing data rapidly and effectively. With the secure and rapid data exchange of INTERPOL member countries, nations can work together to provide authorities with the knowledge and assurance to ensure order and efficiency across transnational borders.

Securiport systems allow for immigration officials and national police at Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport to seamlessly connect to Interpol solutions with existing national border security infrastructure. Passenger checks include document verification through the Stolen and Lost Travel Document database (SLTD) and also nominal databases that connect to records of known international criminals and missing persons.

With Securiport’s state-of-the art Integrated Document Verification System, law enforcement cross checks scanned passport RFID biometrics with real-time prints of the passengers to ensure travelers are using authentic documents with the correct identity. SLTD and Nominal databases are then checked in first-line or second-line airport inspections.

“I take this opportunity to testify my gratitude and my entire satisfaction for this cordial collaboration. The partnership betwee [Securiport] and the State of Ivory Coast allows us all to work tirelessly against the struggle against banditry by securing our country.”

– Bredou M’BIA, Ivory Coast Director General of the National Police

Squire Patton Boggs Partners with Securiport to further work with West African governments

Squire Patton Boggs has been retained by Securiport LLC, a US-based leading provider of biometric immigration control systems.  Securiport, already deployed and working in the Ebola affected countries or “hot-zones” of West Africa, has a process to assist in the containment of the virus: the Epidemic Control System (ECS), which utilizes biometric screening, intelligent profiling tools, and traveler origin and destination monitoring technologies. Using these already developed tools, Securiport is poised to leverage existing data that can more clearly pinpoint outbreaks and identify high risk individuals prior to their departure from West Africa. This system will help improve monitoring and contain the spread of Ebola.  Squire Patton Boggs will counsel the company as it briefs officials in the U.S. and abroad.  “We’re thrilled to partner with Squire Patton Boggs,” said George Canovas, of Securiport.  “The firm’s global platform, its expertise in international public policy, and its track record in Africa make it a natural fit for us.  Together, we’re eager to further our work with West African governments and others to better identify those who have contracted Ebola or may have come in contact with affected persons, to help contain the virus.”  Rodney Slater, Clark Kent Ervin, Robert Kapla, Taryn Frideres and Stacy Swanson will work on the account for SPB.

Top Reasons Nations Can Benefit from Securiport’s eVisa Management System

The process for issuing and applying for visas can create numerous challenges for both civilians and governments around the world. Historically, immigration officials would grant a visa when a visitor arrived in a foreign country. Today, however, a traveler wishing to enter or leave another country must apply for a visa in advance.

One disadvantage in obtaining a visa is the time it takes to apply and process the application. Under normal circumstances, a traveler seeking to apply for a visa would need to fill out the necessary paperwork and then either mail or hand deliver the paperwork to the desired nation’s local embassy or consulate. After processing the documents, the consulate would then mail the approved visa back to the applicant. On average, this process can take anywhere from two weeks to two months and can be very costly and time consuming.

Another obstacle is the lack of infrastructure and personnel available. Many governments and developing nations simply are not equipped with the proper personnel, technology, training and infrastructure needed to issue these documents in a timely and efficient manner, without compromising safety or security. Long lines can build up at immigration desks at airports, embassies and consulates, further increasing the process time. Also, the increased workload on the staff hinders their ability to work efficiently and securely. These challenges create additional problems and can lead to an increase in crime by forcing travelers who may not be able to obtain a visa to decide to enter or leave a country illegally.

Governments and nations should look to improve their immigration processes, starting with the system for issuing visas. Many of the challenges associated with obtaining a visa can be negated by simply transitioning to an electronic visa system, easing the visa application process and increasing accountability for both governments and travelers. Electronic visa systems, such as Securiport’s eVisa Management System, can help governments not only save resources like time and money by operating more efficiently, but also greatly improve the way they engage and communicate with citizens. By reducing the challenges and time it takes to apply and receive a visa, the number of total visa applications will eventually increase. Everyone from governments to tourists can benefit from a more efficient visa application process.

Securiport’s eVisa Management System is a modern, comprehensive ICAO-compliant system that provides travelers with a quick, easy and secure way to apply for a visa. The system provides travelers with a secure application portal, which can be accessed 24/7, from anywhere in the world via a web browser. This provides a multitude of benefits for both travelers and governments by providing an alternate method of applying for a visa. Not only does it save time and money by reducing workloads and long lines at consulates and embassies, but it also allows travelers to apply for a visa up to one day before traveling.

The eVisa Management System utilizes Securiport’s secure application portal, which can be accessed from computers and smart phones as well as kiosks located at consulates, embassies and immigration checkpoints. The system includes real-time background checks and watch-list vetting against national security and INTERPOL databases for all applicants and leverages Securiport’s Intelligent Information Management System (IIMS), which creates intelligent information reports based on traveler information and statistical data. This provides governments and immigration officials with the proper data and information needed to confirm a traveler’s identity with confidence at each stage of the immigration process.

For example, a country like Honduras could benefit greatly from implementing an electronic visa management system, such as Securiport’s eVisa management system. Honduras, located in Central America, is home to some of the world’s best beaches, coral reefs and diving locations in addition to the world famous Mayan city of Copan and Rio Platano Biosphere. These attractions make Honduras a great location for travelers wishing to experience Central America. However, the long process for applying for a visa could influence their decision on whether or not to visit the country. Just recently, the Honduran government has made tourism a national priority, believing that the tourism industry will not only benefit the country by stimulating the economy, but also by strengthening their national identity, therefore increasing development and providing Hondurans with a higher standard of living.

By implementing an electronic visa system, like Securiport’s eVisa Management System, countries such as Honduras could save time and money by operating more efficiently and improve the way they communicate and engage with citizens. By addressing key challenges and streamlining the process it takes to apply and receive a visa, the number of total visa applications and number of visitors will inevitably increase, improving revenue generated from tourism. Government officials, business travelers, and tourists alike will benefit from a more convenient and efficient visa application process.

By utilizing Securiport’s eVisa Management System, which leverages their Integrated Immigration Control System (IICS) and Intelligent Information Management System (IIMS), governments and immigration officials can equip themselves with the actionable data and information needed to confirm a traveler’s identity at ports of entry and exit, as well as at each stage of the immigration process. This creates safer travels and a more secure nation that, when coupled with Securiport’s IICS and IIMS, provide a complete immigration control system that is tailored to provide benefits to both travelers and governments.