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2 3 Volume 3 crosschecks of national and international control lists— during the visa application process. Securiport’s eVisa Management System is more timely, cost-effective, and secure than the current application process. By saving travelers’ time and eliminating many of the hassles associated with obtaining a visa today, the system streamlines the visa application process, and inevitably increases the amount of visitors to countries, helping international business and boosting local economies. Page 24 April 2016 Edition IoT Adoption Is Driving Use of Platform as Service The widespread adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) is driving platform as a service (PaaS) utilization, according to Gartner predicts that, by 2020, more than 50 percent of all new applications developed on PaaS will be IoT-centric, disrupting conventional architecture practices. For example, a country such as Honduras could benefit greatly from implementing an electronic visa system. Honduras, located in Central America, is home to some of the world’s best beaches, coral reefs and diving locations, which make it a great location for travelers who wish to experience the wonders of Central America. However, the long process for applying for a visa can be a major deterrent to tourism in the country. In 2015, the Honduran government made tourism a national priority, believing that the tourism industry will not only benefit the country by stimulating the economy, but also by strengthening the national identity, increasing development and providing Hondurans with a higher standard of living. By implementing an electronic visa system, like Securiport’s eVisa Management System, countries, such as Honduras, could save time and money by operating more efficiently to improve the way they communicate and engage with citizens. By utilizing Securiport’s eVisa Management System, which leverages their Integrated Immigration Control System (IICS) and Intelligent Information Management System (IIMS), governments and immigration officials can equip themselves with the actionable data and information needed to confirm a traveler’s identity at ports of entry and exit, as well as at each stage of the immigration process. This creates safer travels and a more secure nation that, when coupled with Securiport’s IICS and IIMS, provide a complete immigration control system that is tailored to provide benefits to both travelers and governments. By addressing key challenges and streamlining the process it takes to apply and receive a visa, the number of total visa applications and number of visitors will inevitably increase, improving revenue generated from tourism. Government officials, business travelers, and tourists alike will benefit from a more convenient and efficient visa application process About Securiport Securiport LLC is a global leader in the design and implementation of passenger biometric recognition, immigration processing, and intelligent information management and reporting software systems. With headquarters in Washington, DC, USA, Securiport partners with governments around the world. Securiport’s Civil Aviation and Immigration Security Systems, a comprehensive security product that performs secure biometric recognition of travelers at mmigration posts, provides proprietary intelligent information for the identification of potential security risks, criminal activity, and disease prevention based on the comparison and multidimensional analysis of the biometric data and traveler information collected during immigration processing. Learn more at http://www.Securiport.com. Benoit Lheureux, research vice president at Gartner “IoT adoption will drive additional use of PaaS to implement IoT-centric business applicationsbuilt around event-driven architecture and IoT data, instead of business applications built around traditional master data,” said Benoit Lheureux, research vice president at Gartner. “New IoT-centric business applications will drive a transformation in application design practices that focus on real-time contextually rich decisions, event-analysis, lightweight workflow, and broad access to Web-scale data.” Most new IoT-centric solutions will be implemented on IoT platforms, a form of multifunctional comprehensive PaaS that is a hybrid, architecturally coherent integration of applicati