Customs & Border Management

Did you know context can help improve customs and border security?


Securing our borders, ports and strategic shipping lanes and waterways is critical to national security; however, monitoring the activity of the millions of entities passing through these points of entry is extremely challenging and resource intensive.

A national defense organization responsible for the protection of one of the most globally significant waterways and ports was in need capabilities to better enable them to secure and protect this region in an increasingly resource constrained environment. The organization looked to context to help them address their issue.

The organization deployed a first-of-a-kind maritime solution that analyzes huge amounts of data gathered from various coastal and satellite sensors, databases and open source intelligence. The solution’s context-accumulating engine generates higher quality predictions as to which vessels merit the most focus. This capability conducts context accumulation over structured, social and geospatial data; provides a ranked list of potential entities of interest; and indicates to the analysts why a particular vessel warrants focus.

This solution has improved the organization’s decision making, incident response times and resource efficiency through increased situational awareness.

Learn more about context and how it can help organizations improve mission outcomes in the new study, Empowering governments through contextual computing, from the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV). This study identifies the opportunities and implications for contextual computing across multiple domains in government and defines the critical capabilities as well as key recommendations for bringing context to government organizations.

Link to the study to learn more.

Visit the IBV online or download the IBV App (available on iTunes and Google Play) to access all the IBV studies.

Research Lead, IBM Institute for Business Value

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