Canada Specified Persons List (SPL) Functionality Added to APIScontrol V 2.7

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SecureTRANSIT, a Nova Scotia software development company, has added functionality to its APIScontrol product that will automate the scanning of Canada's new Specified Persons List (SPL). The SPL, comparable to the United States' Customs and Border Protection (CBP) No-Fly list, is intended to identify "high risk" individuals and prevent them from boarding aircraft.

SecureTRANSIT, a Nova Scotia software development company, has added functionality to its APIScontrol product that will automate the scanning of Canada's new Specified Persons List (SPL). The SPL, comparable to the United States' Customs and Border Protection (CBP) No-Fly list, is intended to identify "high risk" individuals and prevent them from boarding aircraft.

Under the SPL program, the Canadian government will identify people who pose "an immediate threat to aviation security" and will work with airlines to stop those people from flying, said Transport Minister Jean Lapierre. "Names would be added to the list based on information supplied by CSIS and the RCMP. Data would also be shared with American and British security officials."

In the United States, CBP manages several programs to screen passengers and crew on many types of scheduled and non-scheduled airlines that fly in, out and over US airspace. In 2008, CBP will be implementing two new programs, APIS Quick Query (AQQ) and APIS30, while the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) will get its Secure Flight program off the ground.

"When US and Canadian governments issues new compliance requirements, we must be ready because we process thousands of flights in North America for our current airline clients," says Jason Noftall, SecureTRANSIT's VP of Research and Development. "We are in constant contact with government regulators to ensure our products in sync with the expanding identity requirements and new point-of-departure data collection options."

"SecureTRANSIT started developing its software over 5 years ago for several large Canadian charter airlines that flew between Canada, US, Mexico and many Caribbean destinations. Today, with more than 40 additional countries implementing APIS-type reporting, staying current is a non-stop job for our programmers and lack of compliance can cause serious trouble for carriers," added Noftall.

Other features offered in APIScontrol, version 2.7, include support for more file formats, automated Watch List import, and advanced 2% Random Selectee processing for commercial charters.

About SecureTRANSIT
SecureTRANSIT is an international software development company with offices in Canada and the United States. It delivers global solutions for APIS (Advance Passenger Information System) record processing that keeps any size airlines in compliance with United States' Customs and Border Protection regulations for domestic and international flight, as well as evolving regulations in Canada, Mexico, CARICOM and other countries. Its products automate the collection, validation, submission and tracking of mandatory identity information before flight to efficiently match passenger and crew data against No Fly lists of high-risk individuals and keeps them grounded, making every flight safer.
(http://www.securetransit.com)

About the Specified Persons List
The Specified Persons List includes the name, date of birth and gender of individuals who may pose an immediate threat to aviation security, should they board a flight. Under the Passenger Protect program, the Government of Canada is maintaining the list, which is provided to airlines in secure form. Under the Identity Screening Regulations, airlines are required to screen each person's name against the specified persons list before issuing a boarding pass, for any person who appears to be 12 years of age or older. The regulations take into account the various ways in which the boarding pass may be obtained: at a kiosk, off the Internet, or at an airport check-in counter.

(http://www.passengerprotect.gc.ca)

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