Data is an essential resource in the fight against terrorism, organized crime and other trans-border criminal activities.
Whilst legacy Advanced Passenger Information Systems (APIS) have been in use since the late 1980s, the data they provide is often inaccurate, in an unusable format or provided too late to be actionable. Interactive Advanced Passenger Information Systems (iAPIS), developed in the late 1990s, resolved these issues and have been successfully adopted in many countries.
Passenger Name Record (PNR) systems now take things a step further.
- Originates from airlines’ reservations systems and contains additional personal information that can help identify high-risk travellers who are not on a ‘no-fly’ or ‘watch’ list.
- Can be used to aid criminal investigations, tracking the movements of suspects, showing how they paid for their tickets and so on.
- Enables border authorities to focus on high-risk travellers, allowing the majority of passengers to move across borders quickly and smoothly.
Personal data can be sensitive and while several governments have placed restrictions on its distribution, this isn’t a problem when border management solutions, such as SITA’s, can make the necessary exclusions.