The system of this magnitude is the first of its kind in the whole of South Asia. The local service was developed under the direction of the Secretary Defence and funded by the Government of Canada. The development and integration of the project was carried out by EPIC Lanka and Informatics International Limited under the technical consultancy of Dr Chathura De Silva – Senior Lecturer at University of Moratuwa. The Sri Lankan immigration border control system was today linked with the INTERPOL database, the Ministry of Defence said.The system is capable of storing stolen or lost travel documents and records of known international criminals with photographs and fingerprints and can even be used online or offline. The launching ceremony of the Integration of INTERPOL Database Services with the Sri Lanka Immigration Border Control System by the Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa was held today at the main auditorium of the Ministry of Defence. The INTERPOL system which was initiated in year 2004 presently holds thirty two million records on file and as of November 2011 there had been six hundred million searches on the database. 187 countries all over the world are connected to the INTERPOL system as of to date.The Chief of Mission of International Organization for Migration Richard Danziger addressing the gathering said that the implementation of the Database was a tremendous achievement. Meanwhile the Secretary of Defence said that the launch was another step in strengthening border security.Secretary of External Affairs, Additional Secretaries of the Ministry of Defence, Chief of National Intelligence and many distinguished guests were present at the event.