IMS EMEA Newsletter Issue 5 - May 2011


Border Brainpower


Vol5-1Last month Britain’s Border Agency admitted that around 180,000 temporary immigrants who should have returned to their home countries within the previous two years were still living illegally in the UK. The agency was criticised by public spending watchdog the National Audit Office, which said the figure showed that the UK Border Agency (UKBA) was not doing enough to check that migrants did not overstay.

In fairness to the UKBA, it faces a huge task. Like the rest of western Europe, North America and Australasia, Britain has in recent years faced a wave of immigration, legal and otherwise, by people seeking better lives. But no nation can afford to lose control of its borders and suffer the inevitable consequences for its welfare systems, social cohesion and security.

Electronic border systems offer the potential for much more effective control of immigration, and ARINC is in the forefront of the drive for implementation.

The latest addition to the company’s e-Borders portfolio was unveiled at the Passenger Terminal Expo in Copenhagen at the end of March. Called the ARINC Border Management System (ABMS), it’s designed to give national authorities a way of cost-effectively managing the flow of travellers through land borders, ports and airports. While minimising delay and inconvenience to legitimate travellers, it will help border agencies to head off illegal immigrants, criminals and terrorists.

ABMS is intelligence-driven, combining passport, visa, watchlist/no-fly, passenger name record (PNR) and advance passenger information (API) data with information from police and customs forces, and serving it up to border agents in a timely and usable way. Forearmed, they can deny entry to undesirables. Even better, they can ensure that threats are turned away at the intended point of departure. And organisations like the UKBA will be pleased to know that they can use the same information and systems to keep tabs on immigrants with temporary visas.

There’s no turning back the clock to the days of expensive long-haul travel and modest migratory pressures. But systems like ARINC’s ABMS will make it easier for nations to protect their citizens from the ill-effects of porous borders and uncontrolled population flows.



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Vol5-2smallARINC Chief looks to EMEA and Asia-Pacific for growth

ARINC Chief Executive John Belcher expects the company to continue its 12-year record of annual double-digit revenue and earnings growth.

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