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Border control system is live

April 08
13:06 2013

Informatics’ assistant general manager Vignarajah Manoharan of Sri Lanka (second from right), with the Immigration director Nemani Vuniwaqa (far right), with workshop participants during the workshop in Suva yesterday. Photo: RAMA

By TALEBULA KATE

Officers of the Immigration Department and Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority underwent training on Integrated Border Management System (IBMS) with Informatics International Limited to enhance collation of data at Fiji’s borders.
Informatics International Limited, a Sri Lankan Information Technology company, is the software solutions arm of the Informatics Group which provides innovative solutions, customised software and support services.
Immigration director Nemani Vuniwaqa said Informatics was awarded the tender for the Integrated Border Management System which will enhance how they collate data at the borders.
He said the training was for all technical officers from the Immigration and Revenue authorities.
“The officers are the very people who will be applying hands-on the technical work in the new system; for this training we are focusing on those who are dealing with passengers on all exit and entry points which are Nadi and Nausori International airports, the wharfs and Levuka and Savusavu airports,” Mr Vuniwaqa said.
“We had one week training in the West and this weekend we are training the officers in Suva,” he said.
Mr Vuniwaqa said the system would also detect all fraudulent activities or bring it to a negligible level.
The FRCA officers are also currently carrying out immigration duties, being empowered by the Immigration legislation and that is why the training was conducted for them.
The training is on the border control system and also on the list module which is normally called the watch list.
“These two systems have gone live from last night and today when the first flight comes in at 5:30am all passengers will be using this system when entering and exiting the country.
Meanwhile, Informatics’ assistant general manager Vignarajah Manoharan said the border control module was a fully integrated system.
“It is also integrated with passport readers, where you gate colour photos of passengers for security verification and all these checks happen in a few seconds so it helps FRCA and Immigration,” Mr Manoharan said. The checks are done by the system itself so it helps the user to do their work better and concentrate on their other work.
FRCA officer Taito Domoni said it was very important for all officers to learn the changes and update our skills on the system; it’s very challenging in doing our work more efficiently and effectively.

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