Smart Borders

Smart border technology

During the protracted Brexit discussions, we heard a great deal about how technology would NOT present a solution to the issue of the Northern Ireland Border. We thought this was a little short-sighted, so we set to work. Our Smart Border solution ticks all of the required boxes:

A Unique flexible microchip is attached to or inserted in the goods at the point of origin.
The chip is programmed with a unique identifier which immutably tags the goods to the producer.

The chip is also programmed with specific details relating to the goods – this might include all of the SPS certification, along with specific details of the place of origin, how the goods have been treated, what chemicals have been used (etc). This also includes the destination of the consignment.

The chip is scanned using a hand-held reader prior to dispatch – this could even be done by way of a mobile phone. The chip costs a fraction of a cent for each unit and so the cost is easily absorbed.On being scanned, the data relating to the goods is immediately updated to a database, enshrined in a distributed ledger.This means that once scanned, the data cannot be modified, changed or deleted – it can only be added to.The microchip in the goods consignment is Far-Field Communications (alternative protocols can also be considered) enabled.

The 'Beacon' / reader is low cost, self sustaining item which runs off the mobile data network or a wi-fi network. It can operate on battery / renewable or mains power.As the goods consignment passes within 400 metres of the reader, the FFC chipset is automatically read and the database is immediately updated to state that these goods are now approaching the border.
At the border (fully open or otherwise) another scanner reads the FFC chipset and now updates the data base with the immutable record that the goods have now crossed the border.

There is no need for the vehicle to stop at any border crossing

Automated ‘smart contracts’ can now immediately trigger payment of tariffs, excise duties, VAT and so on.On arrival at the receiving business, the chips are read by hand-held scanners or the mobile application.This completes the export / import loop and ties all of the data into the immutable data record.The ledger is automatically reconciled and required documentation and other evidence remain available for all relevant parties to review electronically, again without the ability for any party to delete, change or tamper with.

There will be a risk-based inspection algorithm, which will highlight and escalate any areas of concern. This algorithm will be based on existing knowledge and will constantly monitor and raise issues to the inspection team.

  • Risk based (we have extensive risk management expertise and in addition partner with one of the largest global providers of risk management advice).

  • Full audit-trail.

  • Full traceability across the import / export process.

  • More effective, more efficient.