Smart borders

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Smart borders

A paradox: How to facilitate movement of people and goods without compromising security?

Executive Summary

In recent years, in an ever more connected world, there have been drastic increases in the rate of movement of people and goods, pushing governments to reform and adapt their border management; governments have to support the way in which the population is traveling or the merchandise is flowing in a more effective and efficient manner. The European Commission estimates that there are a total of 887 million border crossings for travelers alone.

As a consequence, governments around the world face the same dilemma: how to facilitate legitimate movement of people and goods, while protecting their borders and the international supply chain from organized crime and illegal or misused emerging technologies. In other words, they have to find the appropriate balance between both open and controlled borders. It is thus even more important for sound border management to contribute to the economic development and competitiveness of states.

As the volume and speed of trade transactions increase, inadequate infrastructure and manpower are not easily scalable to meet growing needs, including increased trade, more complex supply chains, and increasingly sophisticated criminal activity. Industry and individuals consistently suffer through long queues and delays at high-volume, overburdened, and sometimes redundant checkpoints.

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