Australian gov't inks A$44.2M border security deal

Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has inked a four-year contract worth A$44.2 million (US$34.2 million) with CPS Systems, a provider of electronic border management solutions.

The vendor provides systems for processing visa applications for checking air and sea passengers and crew prior to their arrival in Australia.

Known as the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and Advance Passenger Processing (APP) systems, the goal is to secure national borders as well as streamline communications between airlines and governments by satisfying Advance Passenger Information (API) requirements.

For airline travellers, the checks are done prior to boarding the aircraft as part of the check-in process.

CPS Systems managing director of intelligent border solutions, Barry Grisdale, said the new contract continues an 11-year border security partnership with the federal government, which was expanded last year to include a contract to develop, install and support an enhanced border control system in key Indonesian ports.

Grisdale said the company is currently in negotiations with government agencies in the US and UK. The company just completed the implementation of an APP solution in Kuwait.