On-going projects

  • Pan-European Network of Customs Practitioners (PEN-CP)

    • Duration: Sep 2018 – Aug 2023 (60 months)
    • Mandate by: EC under European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 786773
    • Expected outcome(s): PEN-CP collects and analyses customs security user need ideas, across the six PEN-CP customs security themes. PEN-CP Security themes are Big data and risk management, Detection technologies, Laboratory equipment, Security performance measurement, Customs-to-customs and other gov.agency cooperation and Customs-to-business partnerships. PEN-CP monitors and categorizes security innovations and innovators –projects, products, prototypes, patents, companies, research institutions, university labs etc – in the broad context of six customs security technologies and management approaches; seeking innovation ideas even outside of customs domain (e.g. police or forensics). The outcomes of the continuous online and offline monitoring are shared on the PEN-CP platform, in an easy-to-use-and-search format. PEN-CP generates matches and analyses gaps between the security innovations and innovators versus, security user need ideas in the context of six customs security themes and with the PEN-CP Innovation Funnel.
    • CBRA’s role: As the project coordinator CBRA is responsible for project management, dissemination, communication and community building. CBRA is a leader for multiple tasks including supervision of PEN-CP online platform development and monitoring technologies, products, services, projects and patents within customs domain, and beyond.
    • Project URL: https://www.pen-cp.net 

  • Innovative Data Analytics, Data Sources, and Architecture for European Customs Risk Management (PROFILE)

    • Duration: Aug 2018 – Jul 2021 (36 months)
    • Mandate by: EC under European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 786748
    • Expected outcome(s): PROFILE seeks to accelerate the uptake of state-of-the-art data analytics and incorporation of new data sources for more effective and efficient customs risk management in the European Union. The project customizes solutions, that build on machine learning, graph-based analytics, and natural language processing, to help targeting officers and strategic analysts identify high-risk cross-border movements. PROFILE also connects customs risk management systems to logistics Big Data and provides customs an improved access to online data, especially valuation-relevant data of e-commerce sites. PROFILE also strengthens cooperation and data exchange among customs and other competent authorities: PROFILE enables customs-to-customs systematic sharing of Entry Summary Declarations and other risk-relevant information through the EU-wide PROFILE Risk Data Sharing Architecture. With PROFILE solutions, customs administration can increase substantially the hit rate of inspections and their capacity to cope with transnational crime, terrorism, and the dramatic e-commerce-driven growth of customs declarations.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA takes the role of contact point between EC and project consortium, being in charge of the overall project organization, planning, dissemination, communication and reporting. Among other tasks CBRA has to specify ethics requirements, produce education and training materials in data analytics, big data and customs risk management.
    • Project URL: https://www.profile-project.eu/
  • Augmented Reality Enriched Situation awareness for Border security (ARESIBO)

    • Duration: May 2019 – Apr 2022 (36 months)
    • Mandate by: EC under European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 833805
    • Expected outcome(s): ARESIBO is an innovative system for improved situation awareness in the border security domain. It aims at improving the efficiency of the border surveillance systems by providing the operational teams and the tactical command and control level with accurate and comprehensive information. Through Mobile Augmented Reality and Wearables, and Artificial Intelligence, the system will improve the cognitive capabilities and the perception of border guards to help them respond fast and effectively when a critical situation takes place.
    • CBRA’s role: CBRA is responsible for the preparation of the Data Management Plan, specifying the data management life cycle, but it will also be involved in the assessment of end-users as well as security and legal requirements  and in the development and testing of scenarios based on a concept of operations (CONOPS) for integrated situation awareness in border security procedures.
    • Project URL: https://aresibo.eu