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Border Control

Government departments and transnational organisations tasked with border control face unrelenting pressures to operate rigorously, efficiently and responsively. This is especially true given pressures or restrictions on population movement generated by concurrent health crises, environmental disasters, armed conflicts, and economic hardships. 

Greater movement of individuals and goods present opportunities for comprehensive data compilation and more powerful insight generation, however, many border control agencies simply can’t compile information from multiple sources fast enough. Meanwhile, siloed systems create roadblocks to cross-agency collaboration.

The latest enterprise software, powered by AI and big data-ready, can make a fundamental difference in achieving one’s border management objectives. And it can be straightforward enough to deploy that an application proof of concept or pilot, including the most advanced features, may be completed within weeks. 

BlackSwan Technologies’ ELEMENT™ for Public Sector, an AI-based, enterprise software 4.0 offering trusted by world-leading organisations, is built with advanced intelligence, efficient task oversight, agile customisation and data access, and secure collaboration embedded in its core.  Specific ways in which one’s Border Force can take advantage of this leading-edge technology include:

  • Risk profiling of individuals and shipments
  • Shipment product classification
  • Personalized interaction during border screening
  • A universal catalogue about entities, their activities and relationships 
  • Secure collaboration across divisions, agencies and borders


Risk Profiling of Individuals and Shipments

Receive sophisticated guidance as to the likelihood and source of illicit activities

Risk comes in many forms – risk of illicit movement, spread of disease, etc. – and the factors that influence situational risk are too numerous for individual staff – or traditional software – to handle. ELEMENT™ for Public Sector combines multiple forms of AI to autonomously uncover sophisticated patterns among profiles, activities and relationships that correlate with elevated risk. For example, the application can automatically access financial and reputational information about business entities, in order to evaluate shipments from that company. BlackSwan has extensive experience vetting entities against transnational restrictions lists (Economic Sanctions, Counter-Terrorism, etc.)  In addition, machine learning can be trained to recognize forged filings.  ELEMENT™ can generate alerts to staff anywhere they are working, at the moment data indicates the emergence or proximity of a risk-associated entity. For example, a customs officer could be directed to inspect a ship at dock, with focus on particular containers, and be given advice on likely types of contraband and hiding location. ELEMENT’s AI platform can interoperate with other forms of risk intelligence assessment, such as vision recognition systems. 


Shipment Product Classification

Instantly ascertain import/expert requirements and applicable regulations

ELEMENT™ for Public Sector’s embedded rule-based system and broad data connectivity adds rigor to the process of matching shipments and their contents against product classifications and tariff regimes. ELEMENT™ can access any open format for tariff listings and seamlessly build a representation that works with its rules engine to highlight requirements for quotas, tariffs and inspection. A universal knowledge catalogue (known as a “knowledge graph” – see below) in ELEMENT™ synchronizes multiple data representations of product classifications found across international sources and global trade management systems. Finally, natural language processing and contextual analytics capabilities allow for unstructured data (such as paper-based filings or conversation transcripts) about shipments to be extracted and catalogued on-the-spot.


Border Interaction Personalization

Make border interactions faster and friendlier

Individuals and goods crossing borders entail considerable paperwork, making it too easy to forget that border crossing ultimately is about forging a positive relationship with people. The latest enterprise software facilitates one’s journey, reducing or re-ordering the number of steps involved, based on data one opts to share, one’s activity history, and preferred traveller status to which one may be entitled as a result. ELEMENT™ for Public Sector has been used by some of the world’s leading enterprises for personalised online and in-person experiences, and the platform offers comparable potential for border control.


Universal Knowledge Catalogue

Generate powerful actionable insights faster with an always up-to-date knowledge base

Border management teams may be awash in data, but it’s often stored in separate systems, and in ways that are far from efficient to query and interpret. ELEMENT™ for Public Sector can seamlessly connect to any system, internal or externally accessible, and any data, structured or unstructured (such as transcripts). At the heart of the system is an universal information catalogue, known as a knowledge graph, that captures all the relationships among entities and up-to-the-minute data in a way that staff can naturally query or the built-in AI can process. The knowledge graph is 100% customisable to your team’s view of the world, and integrates with graphs/worldviews from other teams. The result is greater insight, much faster.


Secure Collaboration

Collaborate fluidly with other teams and agencies by securely extending access to intelligence

ELEMENT™ was created by professionals experienced at collaborating across national intelligence agencies. The software includes complete data governance (data ownership and access control) and data lineage functionality (source citation and change log for data). It’s being used by organisations that securely extend custom views of sensitive information to partner organisations, without compromising the security of that data, and that interact through ELEMENT™ using case dashboards and dossiers, automated workflows, and alerts.


BlackSwan Technologies’ ELEMENT™ for Public Sector is a complete AI-driven, enterprise software platform that can be customized to support multiple government branches, including Social Services, Revenue Services, Law Enforcement, and National Security.


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About BlackSwan Technologies

BlackSwan Technologies is reinventing enterprise software through Agile Intelligence for the Enterprise – a fusion of data, artificial intelligence, and cloud technologies that provides unparalleled business value. Our multi-tiered enterprise offerings include the award-winning platform-as-a-service, ELEMENT™, which enables organizations to build enterprise AI applications at scale for any domain quickly and at a fraction of the cost of alternatives. BlackSwan and its global partners also provide industry-proven applications that are ready-made and fully customisable for rapid ROI. These offerings are generating billions of dollars in economic value through digital transformation at renowned global brands. The private company maintains gravity centers in the UK, Europe, Israel, the US, and Sri Lanka.