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Border management association

A former UK Border Force head is behind a new membership body, the International Border Management and Technologies Association (IBMATA). It has its official launch next month at the Border Management & Technologies Summit Asia conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Tony Smith, who chairs IBMATA, believes better collaboration and joint working at both national and international level is the main factor that will determine the successful management of international border controls.

He said: “Border controls have never been under greater pressure, and things will only get tougher for the agencies managing them.

“More people are crossing international borders than ever before. Air traffic is due to double over the next 20 years, and freight is set to triple over the same period. Terrorism and cyber threats are global and fluid. It is time for another radical shift in the way we manage border controls.

“The introduction of technologies into future borders will be a huge part of this, but regardless of the capabilities the real change will only come through collaboration. That means bringing together the eco-system of border management. Control agencies, airlines, airports, rail and sea carriers, port control authorities, academics, policy makers and technology providers big and small all have a role to play.”


About Tony Smith CBE

He served as Gold Commander for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic border security programme. During his 40-year career, he also served as Regional Director for London and the South East in the UK Border agency, Head of Border Control in the UK Immigration Service, and Head of Ports and Border Management in Citizenship and Immigration Canada. He was awarded the CBE in 2013 for services to the safety and security of London 2012. After retiring from public service, he became Managing Director of Fortinus Global Ltd.

The second Border Management and Technologies Summit runs from November 7 to 9 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Visit


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