The AI-enhanced authentication, together with other smart border control solutions, are expected to boost clearance efficiencies and security

Malaysia’s National Integrated Immigration System (NIISe) — an initiative by the country’s Ministry of Home Affairs to modernize the Immigration Department of Malaysia with advanced digital technology — will be incorporating multi-modal biometrics authentication into all checkpoints.

The improved biometrics system combines scanning of fingerprint, iris and face to authenticate the identities of visitors and residents in air, sea, and land routes.

In addition, the multi-modal biometrics will be incorporated with a smart ‘border control solution’ to enable smoother passenger experiences.

According to Shaiful Zahrin Bin Subhan, Chief Executive Officer, IRIS Information Technology Systems Sdn Bhd — NIISe’s main project contractor: “As our technology partner, NEC has provided invaluable feedback and ideas during our initial discussions and helped identify potential pain points in modernizing the immigration system. We are thrilled to partner with NEC to… enhance the security and efficiencies in Malaysia’s immigration system.”

NEC Malaysia’s Managing Director, Chong Kai Wooi, noted: “With advanced biometrics technology in immigration checkpoints, residents and travelers to Malaysia will experience improved quality of travel. Biometrics technology will also enhance security and efficiency while providing travelers a secure and seamless experience when going through the e-Gates at immigration checkpoints.”

Chong also noted that advancing Malaysia’s border control system can generate positive social-economic impact. Through the NIISe project, both IRIS and NEC Malaysia will be able to create job opportunities. Beyond developing solutions that propel Malaysia’s progress, the two entities can work closely with partners and stakeholders to support talent development in the digital space. According to the spokespersons, both IRIS and NEC are committed to develop skilled talent in the areas of digital transformation, and both companies will also nurture young Malaysians under the Professional Training and Education for Growing Entrepreneurs (PROTEGE) Ready-to-Work program by the country’s Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives.