Securiport’s Integrated Immigration Control System Enhances Border and Airport Security in Sierra Leone

Quick Facts:

  • Sierra Leone faced border and airport security challenges
  • Lack of technology infrastructure and training
  • Securiport implemented Integrated Immigration Control Solution
  • Immediate positive increase in national security
  • Creation of stable jobs and job training for local employees

CHALLENGE: AIRPORT AND BORDER SECURITY
The Republic of Sierra Leone had historically faced significant challenges to the security of its borders. Lack of technology infrastructure and inconsistent processes created varying levels of security along key entry points, including the country’s international airport and inland borders. Authorities in Sierra Leone lacked a centralized immigration control system with consistent data collection and analysis of passenger biometric information at ports of entry. Without the proper technology, personnel and training, authorities were unable to collect real-time traveler information or coordinate with international immigration databases for watch-list management. As a result, the citizens and travelers of Sierra Leone faced considerable risks from undocumented and potentially dangerous individuals entering the nation illegally.

SOLUTION: INTELLIGENT IMMIGRATION CONTROL
The Government of Sierra Leone turned to trusted partner Securiport to upgrade the nation’s Immigration Control Systems using advanced biometric screening technologies and data analytics. Securiport experts began by assessing the existing infrastructure, then designing and implementing Securiport’s proprietary innovation, the Integrated Immigration Control System (IICS). The Securiport team provided all the necessary resources and installed new, modern immigration booths at Lungi International Airport. Securiport built a Control Room for the installation of the IICS’s state-of-the-art servers, which contain the databases of the processed data.

Securiport also trained immigration officials and provided ongoing training for new officers on how to operate the IICS, as well as hired and relocated a highly qualified team to Sierra Leone to manage the operation, which included a General Manager, Operations Manager, IT Manager, Financial Manager, Airport Supervisor, Software Analyst, and an IT Engineer.Securiport’s solution resulted in the creation of numerous stable employment opportunities for local citizens, including IT technicians to provide 24/7 support for the immigration officials.

RESULT: ENHANCED NATIONAL SECURITY
The impact of the upgrade in airport security and immigration control was immediate and significant. The solution was welcomed by not only the Sierra Leone government, but also the public, the media and international organizations such as ICAO. Securiport’s presence and advanced technologies for immigration control enabled Sierra Leone to receive a positive evaluation during ICAO’s Universal Security Audit Program (USAP). As a result of the implementation of Securiport’s Integration Immigration Control System, Sierra Leone has enhanced its border security with consistent data collection that provides government and immigration officials with more accurate information on passengers entering and leaving the country. Securiport has received immense gratitude from the government of Sierra Leone, including letters from the signing Ministry, through its Permanent Secretary, Prince E.O. Cole and the Chief Immigration Officer, Alpha Kholifa Koroma, expressing gratitude.

Testimonial:

“This Ministry would like to thank Securiport for the continuous support and assistance in making the Republic of Sierra Leone a safer country. Through your presence and provisions at Lungi International Airport… security has been greatly enhanced in the country.”

– Prince E.O. Cole, Permanen

Securiport’s Intelligent Information Management Data Analytics Enable International Authorities to Interdict Senegal-Based Human Trafficking Ring, Resulting in Numerous Criminal Arrests and Preservation of Positive Diplomatic Relations

Quick Facts:

  • Two passengers traveling from Dakar, Senegal on separate South African Airways flights were stopped at Washington-Dulles International Airport without proper documentation
  • Securiport utilized its Intelligent Information Management system to assist the Senegalese police in investigation the security breach and origin of the passengers
  • Based on government data mined through Securiport’s tools, authorities discovered a secretive network of illegal trafficking from Dakar to the U.S.
  • Authorities leveraged data found through Securiport’s software to interdict and arrest 29 criminal offenders across multiple African nations
  • Securiport played a vital role in supporting the government of Senegal, preserving diplomatic relations with the U.S.
  • Securiport’s solution enabled South African Airways to enhance security, allowing continued flights to and from the U.S.

Challenge: International Airport Security Breach
Between December 10th, 2013 and January 15th, 2014, two passengers traveling on separate flights from the Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal were stopped at Washington-Dulles International Airport without the proper travel documents. Both passengers arrived in the U.S. from Dakar on a South African Airways flight just a few weeks apart. As a result of this critical security breach, the United States government threatened to suspend diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Senegal, and prohibit South African Airways flights from traveling to and from the country. U.S. authorities ordered South African Airways to identify the origin of the security breach and uncover how these two passengers were able to board flights to the U.S. without the proper documentation.

Solution: Intelligent Information Analytics
The Senegalese government turned to trusted partner Securiport to provide an Intelligent Information Management and Profiling solution to give a complete view of travel history to enable authorities to detect and track the illegal activity. Senegalese police and federal agents leveraged Securiport’s advanced data analytics to obtain a complete understanding of traveler profiles and behavior to identify pattern of life activity and detect anomalies. Working in close partnership with Securiport experts, authorities used Securiport’s tools to cross-match immigration databases with enrollment data and analyze security footage of the boarding of the two flights to Washington. After extensive research and viewing of CCTV, the passengers were identified and their actions and movements were traced throughout the airport.

As authorities dug deeper into the data, they discovered connections between the illegal travelers and multiple accomplices within the Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar. By leveraging and cross-analyzing the data, authorities discovered the two illegal travelers were part of a multi-national criminal enterprise that included human trafficking and drug trafficking into the United States. Thanks to Securiport’s comprehensive and reliable Intelligent Information Management Profiling solution, authorities were able to take rapid action to interdict and arrest offenders across the criminal network, generating a far broader positive impact in the fight against illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

Result: Justice and Security Restored
Thanks to Securiport’s solution, authorities were able to accomplish their mission of uncovering the cause of the security breach and origins of the illegal travelers. By leveraging the data, authorities were able to exceed the effectiveness of the initial mission by uncovering and dismantling a secretive network of illegal traffic from Senegal to the U.S. In total, 29 people were arrested in the case, seven from the Ghanaian capital of Accra, and 22 from Johannesburg, South Africa. By rapidly and efficiently enabling the Senegalese government to identify and resolve the security issues in its major international airport, Securiport helped prevent an international relations crisis, serving as a catalyst in preserving positive diplomatic relations between Senegal and the U.S. Further, Securiport’s solution enabled South African Airlines to correct security issues. This ensured continuation of regular flights to and from destinations in the U.S., averting potential economic losses and negative impact on tourism.