AvFinity's APIS Navigator™ Provides Secure APIS Submission to U.S. Customs

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APIS Navigator™ provides two ways that customers can use AvFinity's patent-pending software technology to file Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) pre-departure manifests with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). APIS Navigator™ sends APIS submissions directly into CBP's database by web interface or machine-to-machine computing. It's the next best thing to personally handing the data off to a Customs official.

AvFinity's enhanced APIS Navigator™ now includes a new web interface to complement AvFinity's machine-to-machine (M2M) capability. Both features provide air and vessel transport operators of all sizes with streamlined batch transmissions of pre-departure crew and passenger manifests directly into the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) database.

The enhanced new service reduces the chance of costly fines to travel and transportation industry operators because of misdirected APIS filings. Powered by AvFinity's patent-pending software technology, APIS Navigator™ meets APIS requirements with efficiency, security and economy, said Steve D. Perkins, AvFinity founder and chief technology officer.

"APIS Navigator™ is the next best thing to personally handing the APIS information directly to the Customs officer," Perkins said. "You can't get more efficient and secure than APIS Navigator™."

APIS Navigator™ includes free ARC™ middleware for high-volume M2M APIS transmissions. This middleware facilitates communication among disparate protocols, formats and converts data to meet APIS requirements, and glues together modern and legacy IT architectures to eliminate the need for additional technology investment.

Customers now also can send APIS submissions via AvFinity's new APIS Navigator™ web feature. Customers receive AvFinity's network and middleware benefits on a per-usage basis through a graphical user interface (GUI) accessible from the AvFinity web page (http://www.avfinity.com). The APIS Navigator™ GUI allows commercial airline and vessel operators to submit APIS requirements quickly and securely utilizing AvFinity's SaaS (software as a service) delivery model.

"Other APIS products on the market use email to get APIS passenger and crew data to CBP's email server," said Bill Bush, AvFinity's director of operations. "From there, the email must go through additional conversion steps before it gets to the CBP database. AvFinity believes that the direct route is the best approach. AvFinity's technology places our customers' APIS information directly into the CBP database while still utilizing the efficiency, speed and cost-savings of broadband."

Customers can utilize IBM's Websphere MQ to receive assured delivery of APIS messages to CBP using either the M2M or web interface of APIS Navigator™. AvFinity's APIS Navigator™ also can generate receipt acknowledgments with other messaging data transports.

AvFinity will soon launch its solution for CBP's APIS Quick Query mode (AQQ) that transmits data in real time as passengers check in. In addition, AvFinity will expand its APIS Navigator™ service in 2008 to other countries that also require advance passenger information for homeland security purposes.

For more information on AvFinity's services, call 1-800-459-1097 ext. 101 (U.S. only) or 512-535-6937. Or visit http://www.avfinity.com.

About AvFinity LLC
AvFinity LLC of Austin, Texas, facilitates communications of mission-critical messaging for the travel and transportation industry through its patent-pending software technology and the AvFinity Secure Messaging Suite™ (ASMS™) of services. The AvFinity network is directly connected to the Federal Aviation Administration's NADIN II, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and to various service providers. ASMS™ includes APIS submissions with APIS Navigator™, filing of ICAO flight plans with Flightplan Direct™, receipt of NOTAMs with NOTAM Express™, communication of Type B (TypeB Express™) and AFTN messages, and other mission-critical data communications capabilities.

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