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3 key challenges border agencies are addressing

3 key challenges border agencies are addressing

While annual global international passenger numbers are set to double to 7.3 billion by 2034, freight volume is expected to double by 2030 and net migration to Western countries is projected to reach 98 million by 2050. This is stretching border agencies’ capacities, which are asked to process an ever-increasing flow of passengers and goods and often with constrained budgets. 

Ahead of Smarter Border Management 2019, Defence IQ delved into five key challenges that border agencies are currently addressing through technological solutions: Illicit cross-border trade and risk-based cargo screening technology, efficiency of cross-border travelling and the interoperability of systems.

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  • Learn more about the key technologies being put in place by agencies across the globe to tackle illicit trade, which will be discussed at this year’s Smarter Border Management 
  • Gain insight into the technology implemented by airports globally to better manage the flow of passengers, which will be addressed at Smarter Border Management
  • Learn how the EU is improving interoperability of systems through the implementation of legislative measures and the creation of technical components

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Border and port biometrics are put in place to help monitor and track the flow of people crossing borders. This includes technology such as ePassports, smart card systems and exit control systems. The global market for ePassports is due to grow to 21% CAGR by 2023 driven by the demand for increased security and biometrics at airports. More than 10% of this growth is due to come from the APAC region. The increased demand for biometrics at borders is a result of the growing market for fraudulent passports and the need for an increase in passenger security.

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Border Management: Five key threats that need countering

Border Management: Five key threats that need countering

Although the increasing use of technology by border agencies is helping them manage the increasing flow of international passengers (globally set to double to 7.3 billion a year by 2034), freight volume (projected to double by 2030) and migration to Western countries (estimated to reach 98 million by 2050), some gaps remain. Information sharing needs to be enhanced from a technological and cultural point of view, and the cyber threats that are emerging need to be addressed; these threat points are leveraged by criminal organisations, which smuggle drugs, firearms and people, costing the UK £37 billion per year

In this exclusive interview, Steve Reynolds, Head of Operations for Organised Immigration Crime and Border Threats, National Crime Agency, a key speaker of this year’s Smarter Border Management Conference, discusses the key five threats that border agencies are currently facing in the information age: Serious Organised Crime (SOC), Data sharing and exploitation, the exploitation of synergies between SOC threats and with CT, the implementation of new technology and the emerging cyber threats, Brexit and multinational border information sharing.

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  • Gain insights into the technological gaps leveraged by criminal organisations to conduct illegal activities

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Serious organised crime at the border represents a minority that causes problems. The majority of people and goods that come across the border are law abiding, they follow the processes. The National Crime Agency is concentrating on a small group of people that want to exploit the border, the majority of the millions of people and goods that come across the border do so in a legitimate way. We do not want to be seen to be impeding their travel and their free movement, it’s a constant challenge.

The increasing volume of global trade and travel, together with the multiple forms of entry / exit points by land, air, sea and rail makes efficient and effective border control management challenging, especially when we also wish to maximise ease of movement, with minimal disruption to legitimate goods and passengers. 


Mr Reynolds will be discussing using technology to prevent and halt cross-border smuggling at this year’s Smarter Border Management. To see who will join him, please click here