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Managing the 'Balkan route'

More than a million people went through the Balkan states’ borders in 2015, challenging the region’s security and border management. Regional cooperation and implemented measures have decreased the number of people going through, but issues remain. Ahead of Smarter Border Management 2018, Shaban Guda, Director of the Kosovar Border Police,...

Making borders smarter and safer: Current challenges and investment trends

Managing efficient and safe borders has never been more difficult, as the increasing flow of passengers is putting extra strain on border agencies. Ahead of Smarter Border Management 2018, Defence IQ surveyed experts from all around the globe across a variety of sectors, including; Government Agencies, Multi-National Organisations and Aviation,...

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The Airport Perspective: Effects of re-enforcements of checks against relevant databases

Find out more from Thomas Hoff Andersson, Director of Passenger Services & Terminal Operations, Copenhagen Airports

Meeting the challenges of transnational and cyber crime

In the age of cross-border mobility, the rise in legitimate border crossings has coincided with an enormous growth in illegitimate transnational movement as millions of individuals seek entrance to more affluent countries. Ahead of Smarter Border Management 2017, Defence IQ spoke to Jari Liukku, Head of European Serious and Organised...

The Impact of Brexit on Border Control

As negotiations over the UK’s departure continue, what control means in reality remains hard to pin down. At this relatively early stage, there are numerous theoretical outcomes, but it could be a long time before any concrete details emerge.Smarter Borders partner Unisys have written an exclusive article on the predicted...

Maritime Border Security: Tackling Terrorism Through Collaboration

Rising transnational crime has heavily impacted the need to closely monitor maritime activity, meaning that in France more than 25% of the operational activity on navy vessels and aircraft is dedicated to marine safety and security. Ahead of the Smarter Borders Management Conference, Defence IQ sat down with Rear Admiral...

3 Reasons Why Investment in Smarter Borders is Critical

The challenges facing today’s border agencies and international organisations are acute and becoming ever more demanding. Although the Smarter Borders conference was held in march, given evolving technologies and changeable market structure it has become apparent that there is a compelling requirement from policymakers, end users and industry to host...

Biometrics, Facial Recognition and Data: Talking about Smarter Borders with Ken Sava, U.S. CBP's Trusted Traveler Program

The U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) agency has been running its Trusted Traveler programs for the last few years to improve efficiencies and bolster security measures. In this article, Defence IQ interviews Ken Sava, the Trusted Traveler Program Director at the U.S. CBP, to find out more about the programs...

How the EU Migration Crisis will Transform Border Security

Tony Smith, Former Director of the UK Border Force and now CEO at Fortinus Global, has declared in his 40 years of border management that he has never seen anything like the wave of migration to Europe we are seeing today. In this exclusive interview with Defence IQ, we talk...

Smarter Borders - The Swiss Story

Switzerland, mountainous, affluent, landlocked, bordered by four nations and a signatory of the “Schengen Area”,  showcases the 21st century borders challenge in microcosm. We spoke to two professionals from the Swiss Border Guard and national air carrier, SWISS, about their challenges and emerging solutions in a smarter borders context.   

The Future of Border Management

The challenge of unprecedented demographic trends, irregular migration patterns, geopolitical complexity and the heightened terror threat have made border control and security one of the polemic issues of our time. The implementation of "smart" border systems with ever evolving technological sophistication is seen as the key to establishing a safer...