The new Border Management System (BMS), inclusive of software and hardware, is now operational. It was launched on Monday 4 July during a brief ceremony and demonstration hosted by the Department of Home Affairs.
According to the Department, the BMS and all new procedures associated with it, form part of the national security plan of the Government of Saint Lucia.
The project, it was said at the launch, employs a phased – approach which starts at the George FL Charles Airport, Rodney Bay Marina and the Ferry Terminal at Lac Toc Road initially. The Border Management System will eventually be replicated throughout all border control points on island.
With the implementation of the Border Control solution, the travelling public can anticipate faster and more secure border operations.
This would mean automated travel document identification and verification, biometric data capture and quality assurance, biometric traveller verification and identification among other features.
The public will benefit from further sensitization on this project in the coming days as the Department of Home Affairs embarks on such a campaign on the new Border Management System.
Radex BCMS based in Aruba, Dutch Caribbean, implemented the Border Management System. RADEX is a complete border control management system developed with latest hard and software for multi-biometric capture and search capabilities.
Present at the launch were the Minister for Home Affairs Dr. Virginia Albert Poyotte; Her Excellency Ms. Lesley Saunderson, Resident British Commissioner; Mr. Mark Taylor Assistant Director, Head of Americas Region, Home Office, United Kingdom; Permanent Secretary Dr. Elizabeth Bailey and staff of the Department of Home Affairs; Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr. Wayne Charlery and senior officials of the Customs and Excise Department.