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Greater security from enhanced border management syste

28 June 2006

An enhanced border alert system currently being implemented in Indonesia will deliver greater security for our region through more reliable detection of persons of concern and terrorists, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, announced today from Indonesia.

“The enhanced CEKAL system project, Indonesia’s version of Australia’s groundbreaking Movement Alert List (MAL), is a partnership between the Indonesian and Australian immigration agencies,” Senator Vanstone said.

“The enhanced CEKAL system will help to improve border management, airport security and strengthen Indonesia’s counter-terrorism capacity,’ the Minister said. ‘In addition, the system will expand Indonesia’s ability to combat illegal migration and improve travel security in the region.

“The current CEKAL system is used in ports and offices in Indonesia, and also in embassies and consulates around the world, to check against an alert list the names of persons applying for visas or entry permits.

“The key enhancements to the existing CEKAL system are that the same list of names will be used at all locations, and that the computer software used for name search and name matching will be more reliable, so that persons of concern can be identified more effectively.”

Implementation will be at five key ports and associated immigration offices in Jakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya, Medan and Batam. There is provision for sending updates of the alert list to embassies and consulates.

The Australian companies that will implement the project and provide support and maintenance are CPS Systems Pty Ltd, which provides support for Australia’s alert list system, and Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA), a long established communications company with strong links to airlines and a presence in Indonesia.

Implementation will start in July 2006 and be completed by December 2007. This includes further and more detailed design, installation of equipment and testing of the system, preparation of operating procedures manuals and training. Support and maintenance will be provided by Australia until June 2010.

“Better control of borders throughout our region will help curb potential terrorist movements and other threats to the safety and well-being of all people in our region. That is of benefit to all,” Senator Vanstone said.


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