Customs & Border Management

Life is more interesting on the edges

Life is more interesting on the edges.  Our own national boundaries are very much the same.  It is at the borders that flows of people, goods, and money cross from one country to another.  The management of these cross border flows has important implications for economic competitiveness, product and food safety, public safety, and national security.

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When Swiss Customs made electronic customs declaration more efficient it was able to save in staffing costs, reduce processing times and increase duty collections.  At the heart of these improvements were big data and the analytic capability to identify patterns that allowed for the creation of flexible customs rules.

IBM has worked with governments around the world to develop new and faster ways to sort, sift, and process the huge quantities of information that are generated – and needed – to support secure and efficient borders among nations.  Big data, cloud computing, and mobile access are all accelerating and creating new ways to manage borders.  IBM’s Borders 2015 white paper looks at ways to assess passenger risk pre-departure and use high-speed identity verification on arrival to speed border checks.

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The same core capabilities – big data, cognitive computing, collaboration, and mobile tools – can be applied to the range of border activities across the movement of people, goods and money.  By harnessing innovation, border management organizations can improve security, lower cost and enhance a nation’s economic vitality and competitiveness.

Border organizations know well what it is like to be out on the edge – it is what they do every day.  Likewise, IBM has spent 100 years on the edge where technology and innovation connect with the mission needs of government and commercial clients. Please join me in discussion – how have you helped your clients use big data, cloud technologies, social business, mobile computing, etc in support of economic vitality? Click to Retweet

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