New ID system for Kenya airports access

May 20, 2013
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The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the region's biggest air transport hub. Photo/FILE
The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the region’s biggest air transport hub. Photo/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya May 20 – The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has launched a new identity management security system to control access at all airports across the country.

KAA Managing Director Stephen Gichuki said the security system is networked to other airports in the country, enabling security officers to share vital records between the head office and the other airports.

Gichuki explained that if an applicant at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is banned or blocked from getting a pass to access the facility for any reason, the rejection will be shared and the person cannot get a pass in any of the other networked airports.

“This identification pass will now have a UV stamp print as an added security feature making it difficult for one to forge or make a duplicate of the same. The system also has the provision to connect to other security databases to allow crosschecking of wanted persons on those networks,” he explained.

Gichuki revealed that KAA has also implemented an information technology system in areas of Integrated Enterprise Resource Planning and Airport Operational Database (AODB).

Airport Operations Database System (AODB) is responsible for the management of every aspect in airport operations from the previous flight planning process to billing, including real-time management, reporting, and airport entities management.

The Integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System comprises of SAP- AG (German multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software) products that covers Human Resource, Finance, Procurement and logistics.

Gichuki said that this is the core of airport operation, since it consolidates every operational piece of information received from other airport systems it coexists with, and it will broadcast information so that they all share the same knowledge on the situation of the airport.

Gichuki said this technology will greatly enhance efficiency in transactions with their stakeholders.

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