Mandeville Weekly News


Posted by SR (riley) on May 10 2017 at 11:45 PM
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Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, says 73 persons have been brought before the courts for identity fraud since the introduction of the facial recognition system at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) last year.
 Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague informed that 473 persons have been identified with multiple passport.
 Facial recognition is a type of biometric software capable of identifying a specific individual in digital image.  The system was implemented in a bid to further safeguard the identity of persons.

It was initially introduced at the 15 immigration kiosks installed at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, and the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and a decision was taken to expand and incorporate it in the passport production process. Minister Montague said facial recognition is part of an integrated, cutting-edge, technology-driven border-management architecture that is being implemented by the Government.  “We are linked in to the major intelligence agencies and receive advanced passenger information from 80 per cent of our airline carriers,” he noted.

Citing other measures to improve security at the country’s borders, Minister Montague said the Government recently purchased two ships and a surveillance plane to monitor the maritime and air spaces, noting that the acquisition is reaping results, with illegal poachers intercepted and detained and fish on board the vessels seized. Minister Montague further cited the implementation of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA World) in December 2014 by the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), which allows for customs declarations and all supporting documentation to be submitted electronically. Meanwhile, the Minister said the Government takes pride in collaborating with the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and the Joint Regional Communication Centre (JRCC) to undertake the border security training course.

 Minister Montague said that with more than three million passengers crossing the nation’s shores annually over the past 10 years, strengthening border security and territorial integrity is a priority of the Government in ensuring a safer Jamaica, adding that advanced passenger interviewing techniques and up-to-date information exchange and inter- and intra-state collaboration are of paramount importance.