Panamanian security services have obtained more than 20,000 biometric records on foreigners entering the country through various routes.That figure surpasses the record of several nations combined, and US authorities have acknowledged the achievement, reported a regional military magazine.”Panama [has] a state-of-the-art border management system that includes a biometrics-capture program called BITMAP for high-threat travelers,” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said during a visit to Panama on August 17, reported Dialogo.”Using this program, Panama has captured and shared a substantial number of records, more than the rest of the world combined.” Tocumen International Airport, with the largest entry of foreigners into Panama, was the first airport to install the BITMAP system.The system was installed in late 2011 at Tocumen International Airport, Panama's main air terminal. The authorities also use the system at other airports across the nation, as well as at overland entry points.”Since September 26, 2016, this system has been running [verifications] using databases associated with terrorism issues,” said Major Guillermo Ja√Čn, the head of the National Migration System (SNM, per its Spanish acronym) at Tocumen International Airport. “If a person appears in the database, it alerts the official in the moment.” Who is in the database? “Panama's management of the BITMAP program is a model for the entire world,”John D. Feeley, the U.S. ambassador to Panama, stated in a press release. “We celebrate the idea of 'community.' What happens when a dedicated group of people meets and works shoulder to shoulder [is that] they make the community safer.”The Panamanian authorities capture fingerprints from people entering the country as tourists. Agents check whether they were previously registered. If not, they are fingerprinted, photographed, and their passport is digitized and saved in the same record. In certain cases, an iris scan is also taken.