Bioinformatics Analysis System – Korea Immigration Service

Korea Immigration Service adopts Altibase for its bioinformatics analysis system for safe and thorough immigration management.

Use Case: Bioinformatics Analysis System

Current Customers: Korea Immigration Service

Industry: Public


Korea Immigration Service (KIS), a branch of the Ministry of Justice, controls and supervises people’s crossings into and out of Korea through borders, airports and ports and identifies and manages relevant information.


The exponential growth in Koreans traveling overseas and foreign visitors, the growing threat of international terrorism and the emergence of foreign infectious diseases all have necessitated the use of bioinformatics data for highly accurate and thorough immigration management.

  • The amount of data to be processed has rapidly increased. Over 10 million Koreans travel overseas at least once a year. The annual number of foreign visitors now reaches close to 30 million.
  • The handling of bioinformatics information such as fingerprints and faces has burdened KIS’s existing databases beyond their capacity and capability. The upgrade and addition of those databases could not be justified in terms of performance and cost.
  • The forged passports and documents are often used for entry into Korea. In particular, the government is extremely heedful of international terrorist suspects.
  • For investigative agencies such as police and prosecutors, it is necessary to reinforce the system for accurate and rapid identification for case investigations.


After a series of BMTs of various databases, KIS chose Altibase on the basis of performance and reliability as its existing legacy DBMSs were not capable of meeting its requirements.

  • Altibase’s in-memory capabilities are vital in providing extremely high throughput and low latency measured in microseconds.
  • Altibase’s hybrid architecture, combining real time speed of an in-memory database with massive storage capacity of a disk-resident database, is the perfect solution for KIS’s servers in handling massive historical bioinformatics data.
  • Altibase handles such complex queries as redirection and proxying in real time while providing a high level of stability.
  • Altibase’s replication feature allows KIS to back up its data using TCP/IP to servers located at its headquarters.
  • In order to reliably handle requests for providing information from other government offices, a high level of stability is required. Altibase meets the requirement by providing and supporting the needed interworking technology necessary to interoperate with databases of all government bodies though its ACID and SQL compliance.


The adoption of Altibase to store and process large amounts of bioinformatics enables KIS to secure more stable and faster data processing performance in comparison to its previous legacy DBMSs.

  • Bioinformatics analysis of 51 million Koreans and over 10 million foreigners could be implemented whenever necessary in real time.
  • More secure border management against terrorists and criminals is now possible through effective and real time exchange of bioinformatics data among immigration offices throughout Korea.
  • Reentry into Korea via forged identity and documents could now be prevented through international cooperation of data exchange with government bodies of other countries.