Customs & Border Management

Customs in the cognitive era (part 1)

Norbert Kouwenhoven and I are writing an article about how cognitive computing can transform the way customs agencies supervise international merchandise trade. Over the next couple of months I plan to post a series of blog posts about customs in the cognitive era as we finalise the article. In part 1, we look at cognitive […]

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Using Cognitive and Blockchain to drive innovation at the border

Cognitive Computing and Blockchain were areas of focus as officials representing customs, border security and immigration agencies from around the globe met in New York City as part of the 2016 CIBM Executive Forum (#2016CIBM). This year the forum focused on how agencies could leverage developments like cognitive computing and blockchain to drive innovation out […]

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Brexit: implications for the operation of the Customs Union

What a fortnight it has been. The outcome of the UK’s EU referendum has been to leave the EU, leading figures in the UK leave campaign have resigned and we wait to see who emerges as the new prime minister and what happens to the leader of the opposition. Those of us who work in […]

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Can the Millennial Generation Rescue Government?

Can the Millennial generation help lead the charge in transforming governments in the new digital era? Despite efforts to transform services through technology, government organizations are trailing behind the private sector in the digital revolution. Yet today’s citizens expect government to provide the same conveniences they experience as consumers – including information and services when, […]

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What the Public Sector Can Learn From Uber

When most people hear the word Uber they think about a mobile app that allows them to book car services. However, Uber is much more than that. Uber is a dynamic peer-to-peer market making platform that connects buyers and sellers and helps address supply and demand inefficiencies in markets. Uber and other market making platforms […]

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Blockchain: Bath Tub Curve of Asset Management

Asset management is defined as “The coordinated activities of an organization to realize maximum value from it’s assets“; assets are an “item, thing or entity that has potential or actual value”; realization of value will normally involve balancing costs, risks, opportunities and performance benefit. The term asset management became widely used in the 1980’s relating to physical assets.  In the […]

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Cloud – Disrupt, or be Disrupted?

Business & Government is going through a time of unprecedented digital transformation. The disruptive forces –  driven by cloud,  mobile and social – change the how they derive insight from data, how governments interact with their citizens and how businesses go to market with their products. In the front line, new mobile apps are consolidating decision making at the fingertips of people who need to act.  Real time insight […]

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Proving Provenance with Blockchain

Provenance (from the French provenir, “to come from”), is the chronology of the ownership, custody and/or location of an (historical) object.  Provenance could be described as an immutable audit trail of ownership & location as it changes over time. Whilst the concept of provenance is well understood, it’s often hard to achieve in practice. In […]

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Visual Recognition Made Simple

Visual Recognition does for huge numbers of images what text analytics does for large collections of written text: it allows pictures to be processed automatically to find material of interest. The number of images from public sources, soldiers with (body) cameras, coalition partners and other sources is exploding. Clearly achieving timely, accurate classification of the images by “throwing people at the problem” does not scale and can be error prone. But cognitive computing – in the form of unsupervised (machine) learning – will transform our ability to classify images.

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Blockchain, where’s my stuff?

Even though a physical supply chain may be integrated, the supporting information systems are often fragmented.  Members of the supply chain – ranging from the source of raw materials to the consumer – keep their own records of asset information, which drives up costs (through duplication & inefficiencies) increases complexity and causes regulatory challenges. Figure 1 – Simplified Supply […]

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Lessons in Cyber Resilience

I recently had the pleasure of co-chairing a workshop on Cyber Resilience at AFCEA’s International Conference. So what is Cyber Resilience?  Cyber attacks continue with regularity and increasing sophistication.   Regardless of how much is spent on defensive measures, an organization must figure that a breach will occur.  It’s no longer a matter of “if” but […]

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Secure by Design

Not new, not sexy, but never been more important! It’s hard to say when Secure by Design started.  IBM was developing secure interbank transaction processing in our CICS product in the late 1960’s. DARPA started looking into protection of systems against a cyber threat in the late 1980.  The first version of Secure Linux was released in December […]

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