Tanzania adopts facial recognition technology to improve border control

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The Tanzania Immigration Services Department (TISD) has started using new facial matching systems (FMS) by Vision-Box to improve border control procedures.

The technology improves border security by strengthening the capacity of immigration authorities at both land and air entry points into the country to detect irregular migration, all while adhering to data protection best standards.

The new desktop automated immigration control solutions integrate advanced document authentication and biometric recognition features. They are capable of identifying fraudulent travel documents such as passports, visas and identity cards, as well as detect identity fraud by travelers trying to enter or stay in the country irregularly.

The solution matches the information contained in the travel document against the live face image capture of the traveler to guarantee reliable identification.

Miguel Leitmann, CEO of Vision-Box, said, “Together with other African countries like Rwanda and Angola, Tanzania is now in a reinforced position by adopting Vision-Box automated biometric technology at border controls.

“It’s a great pleasure to be able to contribute with state-of-the-art technology with a real impact in creating efficiencies, security and an innovative edge for Tanzania and to address the specific challenges of government authorities of the region.”

The solutions are at use at two of the busiest Tanzania airports – Kilimanjaro International Airport in northern Tanzania serving the cities of Arusha and Moshi; and Julius Nyerere International Airport located in the largest city of Dar es Salaam. 

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