New IATA Chairman Akbar Al Baker
Border Leaders

Akbar Al Baker new IATA Board Chairman

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, has commenced as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG). His one-year term is effective […]

Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS)
Africa

South Africa’s ABIS biometric system launches

On 16 May, South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba launched the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS). The new identification system provides the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) with a single view of citizens […]

Guo Shengkun, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee
Asia

China establishes new State Immigration Administration

China’s new state immigration administration and exit-entry administration, attached to the Ministry of Public Security, formally started operations on April 2nd. Pooling resources “The founding of the state immigration administration is aimed at enhancing the […]

Secretaries meet
Americas

DHS Sec Nielsen meets with Home Sec Javid

On May 29, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with United Kingdom Home Secretary Sajid Javid in Washington, D.C. Secretary Nielsen and Home Secretary Javid discussed U.S. and UK counterterrorism cooperation, including enhancing […]

ABF Commissioner
Border Leaders

New Australian Border Force Commissioner sworn in

Michael Outram APM has been sworn in as the Australian Border Force (ABF) Commissioner by The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, at a ceremony in Canberra […]

IDEMIA
Border Systems

IDEMIA to provide Australia’s biometric matching engine

IDEMIA will provide a biometric matching engine solution for the Australian Department of Home Affairs, underlying the processing of visas, border crossings and citizenship applications. IDEMIA will work alongside prime contractor Unisys Corporation, who will […]

NZ Customs VR
Border Security

NZ Customs: Understanding the traveller experience

Harnessing virtual reality technology to make the traveller experience at Christchurch Airport more pleasant is one way New Zealand Customs is seeking to ensure a customer-centric approach to border security. Twin challenge Securing borders has […]