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Immigration agency's e-Gate and border security system win award
Central News Agency
2014-03-13 09:31 PM
Taipei, March 13 (CNA) An automated checking system that helps Taiwan's National Immigration Agency (NIA) speed up the immigration clearance process on Thursday won an award for having an outstanding information technology application. The award, organized by the Information Service Industry Association of the Republic of China for the first time, recognized the NIA's e-Gates and one of its border security systems. Currently, there are 45 e-Gates installed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport, Taichung Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport and Shuitou Harbor on the outlying Kinmen Island. Equipped with infrared sensors, facial recognition cameras and passport readers, the unmanned gates can complete immigration checks in 12 seconds. Meanwhile, the "Advance Passenger Information System" allows immigration officers to receive passenger information from airlines after check-in so that the NIA can screen the data in advance and track suspicious travelers. Since its launch in 2011, the system has helped the NIA detect 5,360 passengers entering or exiting Taiwan illegally, according to the agency. E-Gates and the "Advance Passenger Information System" have effectively enhanced Taiwan's border security, the agency said. To date, over 10 million entries and exits have been recorded through the e-Gates, averaging around 20,000 entries and exits per day, according to the NIA. The automated immigration clearance service was opened to Taiwanese nationals in March 2011 and to foreign residents in September 2012. The other winners of the award include: the EasyCard system, 7-Eleven's ibon ticketing system, a taxation information system reform project under the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Commerce Industrial Services Portal, and a digital learning website targeting small and medium-sized enterprises (www.smelearning.org.tw). (By Christie Chen)
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