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February 03, 2016

Gemalto Helps Gabon Implement Border and Visa System

Although Gemalto is probably best known to the average consumer for its mobile payment solution expertise, the company handles a much broader selection of digital security applications. For example, Gemalto was recently selected by the African nation of Gabon as an end-to-end solution provider to supply and implement a fully integrated border and visa management system.

Gabon’s Department of Homeland Security (DGDI) is hoping to strengthen national security with the new system, while improving operational efficiency and enhancing the travelling experience for people entering the country. This is because the visa management system simplifies and speed the issuance of visas, e-Visas and resident permits.

The suite of applications was already used in July to create Gabon’s e-Visa portal service, enabling visitors to apply for a visa by internet for those planning to enter the country. When the electronic travel authorization (ETA) is delivered, the visa can be picked up at Libreville International Airport upon arrival.

This announcement comes shortly after the news that Gemalto was selected by the National Police Board in Finland to help create a more secure electronic passport.

“We take pride in helping Gabon's authorities improve border security and traveler satisfaction,” said Ari Bouzbib, senior vice president of Government Programs at Gemalto. “Gemalto is delivering a unique solution which is flexible and fast to implement. We also combine local resources and international expertise in partnership with government bodies. This is precisely what is appreciated by our growing number of customers in Africa.”

Gabon’s new visa management system is built around the centralized, back office Coesys Visa and Border Management System. The system supports the automation of queries to databases that can alert authorities to potential threats. In addition, the Border Intelligence module leverages data mined at the border, offering tools for discovering new risk patterns.

Meanwhile, the Automated Border Control kiosks offer travelers quick ‘self service’ passport checks at the country’s central airport.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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