Project Semaphore Roll Out begins this year (2004)

Be careful peeps! Overstaying is no longer an option. Lying to the IO is quickly on its way to extinction! Extracts from the press release... Project Semaphore will begin to be implemented by the end of the year. Routes have been chosen on the basis of risk assessments by the border agencies (the Immigration Service, Customs and Excise and the police). Semaphore will test and confirm the technical and business process design for the main e-Borders programme as well deliver immediate operational improvements across participating agencies. The e-Borders system will identify people who have boarded transport destined for the UK, check them automatically against databases of individuals who pose a security risk, and keep a simple electronic record of entry into the country. The system will also enable authorities to record people leaving the UK, helping to identify those who overstay.

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