Bot Controlled Borders



Tim Norton, Smiths Detection


The ports and borders sector looks to be growing. A recent Straits Times article titled noted the increase in parcel clearance in Singapore in 2016; over 40% compared to 2014. Separately, visitor arrivals in the country have peaked to 16.4 million in 2016, recording a 7.7% year-on-year growth. Assuming this upward trajectory continues, it would mean busier years ahead for Singaporean customs. But as is inevitable with growth, there will be issues that need to be addressed.

We have seen reports that it is now tougher for clearance authorities to detect contraband items such as drugs and cigarettes in ports and port terminals. Meanwhile, we have to also take into account how modern authorities are increasingly pressured by government, media and society to maintain consistent vigilance on all fronts.

According to a report by Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Annual Statistics that was released in 2016, while the number of contraband cases detected at local checkpoints has decreased by 8% from 2015 to 2016…

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