Meet the partners
- Postal operators -
bpostgroup is Belgium’s leading postal operator and a growing parcel & omni-commerce logistics partner in Europe, North-America and Asia. Our 36,000 employees in Belgium and across the globe connect consumers, businesses and government, by delivering mail and parcels to millions of doorsteps and providing e-commerce logistics services
POSTE ITALIANE - SOCIETA PER AZIONI
With our 160 year history, approximately 12,800 post offices, 121,000 employees, total financial assets of €586 billion and 35 million customers, the Group occupies a unique position in the country in terms of size, recognisability, reach and customer loyalty, making a major contribution to Italy’s economic, social and productive fabric.
Poste Italiane is Italy's largest service infrastructure and its services play an important role in society. We operate in three lines of business, in all of which we lead the market:
KONINKLIJKE POSTNL BV
We are PostNL, the mail and logistics solutions provider for all. With our mail and parcel deliverers who get everywhere, our over 4,800 PostNL locations and 11,000 postboxes, we are always nearby. We aim to be our customers’ favourite deliverer by making it as easy as possible for them to send and receive parcels and letters. Our over 37,000 people are right at the heart of society. On weekdays, we deliver an average 1.2 million parcels and 8 million letters across the Benelux region. Our focus is on quality for our customers, creating opportunities for our people and adding value for our stakeholders through growth, digitalisation and sustainability initiatives. We optimise and support our physical networks by using smart digital solutions and launching new propositions that create value for our customers. We build long-lasting working relationships by acting as a good employer and client for everyone who works for and with us. To make our deliveries as sustainable as possible, we cover a lot of kilometres on foot or by bicycle or e-bike, provide innovative city logistics, use cleaner fuels, and use electric vans and light electric trucks. PostNL NV is a listed company with revenues of €3.5 billion in 2021, 61% of this derived from e-commerce. We provide deliveries of mail and parcels, logistics solutions for e-commerce, and cross-border solutions.
- Customs and police agencies -
MINISTERIE VAN FINANCIEN
The Customs administration of the Netherlands (DCA) is one of the 27 EU Customs authorities. These authorities are primarily responsible for the supervision of the Union's international trade. These authorities are required by law to put measures in place aimed, at the following:
protecting the financial interests of the Union and its Member States;
protecting the Union from unfair and illegal trade while supporting legitimate business activity;
ensuring the security and safety of the Union and its residents, and the protection of the environment, where appropriate in close cooperation with other authorities; and
maintaining a proper balance between customs controls and facilitation of legitimate trade.
In addition, national supervision is exercised following legislation on excise and consumer taxes. The Customs administration of the Netherlands has translated this legal mission into the following core tasks:
Remittance: ensure that tax revenues are as accurate, timely and complete as possible;
Protection: protect society as much as possible against unsafe and unwanted goods;
Competitiveness: contribute to strengthening the competitive position of the European Union
The supervision of Customs contributes to the realization of these core tasks. Customs applies sensors as part of its supervision activities and these are means that assist Customs in distinguishing between compliant and non-compliant situations. Examples of sensors are acceptance rules, profiles, X-ray scans, radiation detection gates, detection dogs and even people. The sensors provide data such as profile scores, X-ray images, spectra, behavior, observations, etc. Interpretation of this data then provides reported information on the basis of which the distinction between compliant and non-compliant can be made.
The supervision of the Dutch Customs is mainly on the international transport of goods and illicit substances through the port of Rotterdam (EU#1) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (EU#3). DCA makes extensive use of sensors as bulk and trace detection technology in support of its work. In this light, innovation of detection technologies is very important for the improved supervision with an increasing global trade market. To study detection equipment and the use thereof a special team was formed within DCA in 2009 as part of the Customs laboratory. This team is capable of carrying out studies both in the laboratory and in the field, in a Customs working environment to account for the relevant influence of the working environment on the use detection equipment. The team sets up, carries out, evaluates and reports tests done in a relevant working environment on the use of detection equipment.
The NATIONAL POLICE OF THE NETHERLANDS
The Netherlands has one national police force that is comprised of ten regional units, and one central unit tasked with specialised duties. The Netherlands Police have 65,000 employees: 51,000 police officers and 14,000 employees who fulfil other roles supporting police work. On this page you can read what we stand for and see how you can recognize us.
The police are always there, for a safer Netherlands.
The police protect democracy, enforce the law and are the authority on the streets.
Where necessary, the police lend a helping hand. In emergency situations, they take enforcement action. Where others take a step back, police officers take a step forward, if necessary with use of force, and if necessary at risk of their own lives.
The police work with citizens and partners actively. They have eyes and ears for what is happening in society. The police are there for everyone.
Serving with vigilance.
Our core values
Courageous, reliable, unifying and honest
POLICE FEDERALE BELGE
The Belgian Federal Police is the national police force of Belgium. It carries out specialized and supra-local administrative and judicial police operations, and supports local police services when needed. The Federal Police has approximately 14,000 officers and civilian personnel.
The Federal Police is commanded by General Commissioner, who holds the rank of chief commissioner. He is in charge of the General Commissioner's Office, which comprises three general directorates: the General directorate of the administrative police (DGA), the General directorate of the judicial police (DGJ) and the General directorate of resources and information (DGR). Each general directorate is led by a general director (DG), who also holds the rank of chief commissioner.
NEMZETI ADO- ES VAMHIVATAL
The National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary (NTCA) is a central office under the supervision of the Ministry of Finance.
NTCA performs the tasks of the state tax authority and customs authority. Beyond these classic tasks NTCA also performs excise, law enforcement, criminal prevention and criminal investigation tasks. NTCA has about 17,000 employees including government officials and finance guards.
The NTCA is involved in the work of PARSEC with 3 experts delegated from customs professional management/direction (owner of customs data), airport cargo and data asset fields to the project. From the concerned field two experts of the NTCA Central Management and one expert form the NTCA Airport Directorate take part in the project:
Department of Data Asset Utilization and Risk Analysis (NTCA CM DDAURA)
Customs Department (NTCA CM CD)
Airport Customs Directorate (NTCA ACD)
E-commerce at the NTCA
E-commerce has brought new and great challenges to the customs authorities with the enormous volume of traffic and its specific characteristics. The declared goods arrive primarily from China with an IOSS identifier and the majority of them are not destined for Hungary, but mostly for Poland and Czech Republic. Given that e-commerce is a completely new form for customs handling Third Country consignments, the risk analysis related to these consignments also had to be aligned. There is no pre-sent data, the huge amount and bad quality of information submitted to our IT system make it difficult to apply efficient risk management. The processing of the goods’ declarations with H7 data set and the related control are carried out by the Directorates of the NTCA, based on the logistical possibilities.
Currently, most of the traffic goes through Liszt Ferenc International Airport, which is supervised by the NTCA Airport Customs Directorate. The International Mail Exchange Center of Magyar Posta is located here, as well as the warehouses of many express mail service providers and other logistics companies involved in the delivery of e-commerce shipments. The NTCA CM Customs Department supervises the field of processing. The shipment are selected for inspection according to the results of the local risk analysis and central risk management processes.
A physical inspection of goods may take place before or after submission of the declaration of goods. Therefore, the NTCA carries out inspections not only on the basis of customs procedures, but also, as a logistics procedure, in the case of goods under customs supervision. The largest proportion of violations are related to intellectual property among the detections.
NTCA’s participation in H2020 and Horison Europe (2021-2027) projects:
C-BORD, PEN-CP and PARSEC
SERVICE PUBLIC FEDERAL FINANCES
Customs is responsible for protecting society and promoting international trade by managing the external borders and ensuring the security of the logistics chain.
We are committed:
to ensure the safety of citizens
to protect the financial interests of the Community and its Member States by collecting and controlling import duties, excise duties and VAT upon importation
to protect the Community against unfair and illegal trade and promote legitimate economic activities
to increase the competitiveness of European businesses through modern working methods supported by an easily accessible electronic customs environment.
To carry out these tasks, we cooperate nationally and internationally with other public authorities and mainly other law enforcement services in the fight against fraud, organized crime and terrorism.
In addition, we want to continue to evolve in order to keep up with technological, economic and social developments and to improve our services to citizens, businesses and other stakeholders. We aim to optimize our internal operations and take our organization to the next level.
We do this based on three strategic ambitions: tailor-made, intelligent and future oriented. These ambitions are not a break with the past, but build on the efforts we have made together in recent years. We are realizing these ambitions with concrete projects.
Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, and Belgian Customs are very involved in several of them: BorderSens, ENTRANCE, MULTISCAN 3D,PARSEC, PEN-CP, PROFILE.
HOME OFFICE, UK BORDER FORCE
Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office. Border Force secures the border and promotes national prosperity by facilitating the legitimate movement of individuals and goods, whilst preventing those that would cause harm from entering the UK. This is achieved through the immigration and customs checks carried out by our staff at ports and airports. Our officers work at 140 sea and air ports across the UK and overseas.
Border Force has responsibilities for:
checking the immigration status of people arriving in and departing the UK
searching baggage, vehicles and cargo for illicit goods or illegal immigrants
patrolling the UK coastline and searching vessels
alerting the police and security services to people of interest
Border Force priorities are to:
deter and prevent individuals and goods that would harm the national interests from entering the UK
facilitate the legitimate movement of individuals and trade to and from the UK
protect and collect customs revenues for trade crossing the border
provide excellent service to customers
provide demonstrable effectiveness, efficiency and value for money
- Technology partners -
TWI ELLAS ASTIKI MI KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIREIA
TWI Hellas is a wholly-owned Greek-based subsidiary of TWI, an independent research and technology organisation with physical offices in the UK, Europe, South East Asia, India, the Middle East, Central Asia and the USA. The team specialised in the fields of advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud, and digital engineering, develops state-of-the-art technologies for volume-efficient data processing, model-driven data analysis, and large-scale data management to deliver:
State-of-the-art Machine Learning algorithms for spatiotemporal data processing (image, video) and analysis enabling step-changes in information extraction and machine awareness.
Next-generation Human Machine Interfaces delivered seamlessly through web/mobile platforms for sophisticated tasks, from data processing to special-purpose robot control.
Digital simulation models (Digital Twins) that update with input from multiple sources and change as their physical counterparts change to represent real-time status or infer their condition.
To maximise the technological impact of collaborative R&D and industrial projects while boosting their smooth introduction to the market, TWI Hellas has assembled a dedicated team for market analysis, project management, dissemination and exploitation.
Examples of EU Framework programme projects (2019-2023) include: SocketSense, KYKLOS 4.0, SleekShip, ODIN, SoftGrip, FleX-RAY, TUBERS, Grinner, Pantheon, Palpable and PARSEC
DIRECT CONVERSION AB
Direct Conversion is the global leader in X-ray detectors for non-destructive evaluation in a range of sectors. We are the world’s largest manufacturer of cadmium telluride (CdTe) detectors and our detectors and imaging systems are used across the globe by a broad range of customers, in fields such as medical, dentistry, industrial radiography, engineering, security and food production. We partner with many system integrators in the industrial, cargo security, and airport security industries to provide key imaging components, technology, and solutions.
UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE
Founded in 1921, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) is the largest non-state university in Europe with 12 Faculties, 5 campuses across Italy (Milan, Rome, Piacenza, Cremona and Brescia), and about 41.000 students of which 2.395 are international students.
Research activity draws on 1328 tenured researchers, 39 departments, 1 institute, 93 research centres, 4 university centres, 6 between observatories and laboratories, 8 Graduate Schools and 11 spin-offs and is aimed towards the study and understanding of crucial issues of life and society. UCSC is highly engaged in carrying out multidisciplinary research project both at national and international level. The annual average of research funds is 30M Euro, coming from UCSC own funds (10%), national grants and international grants (45%) and funds from applied research with private and public, national and international entities (45%).
Between 2014 and 2022 UCSC has participated in 82 Research and Innovation projects (13 as coordinator/host institution) funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe Programmes and in 116 projects (44 as coordinator/host institution) co-funded by other EU and international funding programmes. These projects cover several scientific areas (Humanities, Economics and Social Sciences, Security, Health, Food and Agriculture).
Within UCSC, Transcrime (www.transcrime.it/en) is the Joint Research Centre on Innovation and Crime, founded in 1994 and directed by prof. Ernesto U. Savona. Transcrime is one of the largest R&D hubs in Europe. Since its foundation, it has carried out more than 200 research projects funded at both national and international level. It has a global partnership network with international organizations (e.g. United Nations, European Commission, Inter American Development Bank, World Economic Forum), national and local governments, central banks, law enforcement agencies (LEAs), financial intelligence units (FIUs), asset recovery offices (AROs), private companies (e.g. data providers, technology providers, consulting companies). Its core areas are analysis of transnational criminal phenomena (organized crime, economic crime, money laundering, environmental crime, illegal markets, urban crime, cybercrime); evaluation of crime prevention policies; development of risk assessment models, risk indicators and advanced analytics to support crime prevention strategies for public (e.g. law enforcement, public entities) and private actors (e.g. banks, professionals, companies). In 2015, it has set up a spin-off company Crime&tech (www.crimetech.it) with the scope to transfer Transcrime research into tools and models for the public/private market.
Dynaxion B.V. is a start-company from the Netherlands that is developing a non-invasive and fully automated substance identification system based on the use of fast neutrons. This has shown great potential in the area of security screening where the device will scan parcels and suitcases for drugs, explosives and other dangerous and illicit goods.
The Dynaxion scanning system utilizes a novel Radio Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) particle accelerator to create a beam of neutrons that is used to scan objects. Through the latest detector technology and Artificial Intelligence algorithms, substances can be accurately identified. The Dynaxion scanner will increase the efficiency of the scanning process, resulting in lower costs and safer transportation of goods in international travel and trade.
The initial product is aimed at alarm resolution. In combination with a primary X-ray scanning system it will lower false alarm rates to lower single digits. When the technology matures the system can also be used as a primary screening tool.
HALO X-RAY TECHNOLOGIES LTD
HALO X-ray Technologies Ltd, HALO, is an innovation company developing new and disruptive materials identification systems for aviation security, medical systems, and process control applications. We are also developing new technology and capability to enhance and extend our application areas. We have translated industry- standard lab- and time-bound XRD into real-time solutions for multiple industries by implementing new X-ray optics to dramatically improve signal strength. This significantly translates underlying and well-established science into a solution that can solve industrial and commercial applications at speeds required for these markets. As an example, aviation security has historically used technology that typically only estimates if a material is a threat. This leads to false alarms, long delays through checkpoints, and frustrated passengers. HALO technology definitively identifies material and, for the first time, at speeds that will enhance rather than slow checkpoint systems, and at a cost point that is well-aligned with this market. Our platform technology can also provide medical systems for point-of-care solutions to address an ageing population, and process control systems providing definitive and rapid materials analysis to improve efficiency for in-line industrial manufacturing.
Our IP provides platform capability across numerous sectors, realising disruptive and compelling solutions and offering significant business opportunity in all areas of application.
We are currently focused on aviation and border security and actively developing a number of opportunities specifically for this sector.
Drugs and currency detection for postal systems – HALO was selected as one of the 8 finalists for the US Opioid Detection Challenge and we are using knowledge gained from this event to focus our technical capability for the postal screening market, and specifically the PARSEC programme.
Aviation security checkpoint systems – HALO developed the HXT264 threat resolving system under a US DHS S&T funded programme (~$5M) and recently completed a follow-on DHS programme (~$2.9M) to integrate the HXT264 with a dual-view checkpoint screening system.
Keywords: #X-ray #XRD #Diffraction #TransportSecurity #BorderSecurity #CustomsSecurity #CustomsInnovation #AviationSecurity #CBP #DHS #TSA
- Other partners -
CBRA SERVICES BV (COORDINATOR)
CBRA Services bv is an EU-based project management, consultation and research company, founded in 2021 and located in Aartrijke, Belgium. (´bv´ stands for ´besloten vennootschap´ = private limited liability company). CBRA Services team consists of experts in trade facilitation, customs and transport digitization, supply chain security, and risk management. The core activities include large-scale project implementation, providing expertise for studies, consultancy across the topics of expertise, standardisation and harmonisation of logistic processes & data management, use of innovative technologies for international trade and improved border management, and project communication and dissemination activities. In the PARSEC project, CBRA Services (CBS) plays the role of project coordinator (Oct2022-Sep2025).
VERENIGING TAPA EMEA
As the leading supply chain security and resilience Association in the Europe, Middle East & Africa region, TAPA EMEA is committed to helping minimise losses from its members’ supply chains by providing intelligence, industry standards, training, networking and representation solutions which enhance their in-house security programmes.
Our Mission describes why the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA EMEA), a not-for-profit organization, exists; and declares our purpose.
Our Vision outlines our hope for the future.
TAPA EMEA aims to ensure the integrity and resilience of global supply chains, enabling sustainable supply chain risk management and loss prevention through the adoption of proven industry security standards, the gathering and sharing of threat and loss intelligence, training, networking, and collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure the secure movement and supply of goods for businesses and consumers.
TAPA EMEA is committed to enabling resilient and secure global supply chains where all goods are delivered as promised, enabling cost efficiencies and growth opportunities for businesses, and providing companies and consumers with the most reliable and consistent choices of the goods they require.
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
At Delft University of Technology, the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management combines insights from the engineering sciences with insights from the humanities and the social sciences. The Faculty’s mission is to develop robust models and designs in order to solve the complex challenges of today’s networked, urbanized knowledge society. The perspective of Comprehensive Systems Engineering is at the core of our research and addresses complex societal challenges by combining perspectives on systems, governance and values.
To contribute to the PARSEC project we use our extensive knowledge from a range of past projects into data sharing arrangements amongst multiple public and private partners. These data sharing arrangements contribute to the creation of private and public values within large supply chains. To this end supply chains need to be analysed on data requirements, data sources and the information architecture for the sharing of data amongst public and private partners along the supply chain.
Our team contributes to the user requirements and technical specifications as well as the dissemination of the project results.
Previous and current projects that we participate(d) in: ITAIDE, CORE, CASSSANDRA, PROFILE, PEN-CP, CIRPASS, DATAPIPE.
CROSS-BORDER RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
Cross-border Research Association, CBRA, was founded in 2005, as a spin-off research institute from University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where the CBRA founder was doing a doctoral thesis titled “Post-2001 supply chain security & its impacts on the private sector”. CBRAs research activities focus mainly on supply chain and transportation security; customs and border management security; and, global trade facilitation. All in all, CBRA has played a role in around 40 RDI (research - development - innovation) projects and published nearly 100 articles, reports and posters since 2005. CBRAs roles across these RDI-projects include core research (case studies, surveys, cost-benefit analysis, literature reviews etc.); risk management; optimization and simulation models and tools; development of advanced e-learning materials (in customs data analytics, statistics etc.); innovation intermediary work; standardization, policy development and dissemination work; as well as project coordination work (following drive-administer-serve -principles). A common mandate for CBRA is to act as a research facilitator between supply chain and governmental stakeholders, understanding in detail the security and facilitation related objectives, requirements, constraints and bottlenecks for all parties. The CBRA team consists of leading academic and practitioner experts in supply chain and customs security as well as in trade facilitation. The CBRA academic team consists of seasoned PhDs, post-docs and other senior researchers; while the CBRA practitioner team consists of former customs, law enforcement and security research policy experts in Europe and globally.
Examples on EU Framework programme projects (2008-2025) include: INTEGRITY, LOGSEC, CASSANDRA, FOCUS, CWIT, SAFEPOST, SYNCHRO-NET, CORE, PROFILE, ARESIBO, PEN-CP, MELCHIOR and PARSEC.
Keywords: #SupplyChainSecurity #TransportSecurity #BorderSecurity #CustomsSecurity #CustomsInnovation #CrossBorderLogistics #TradeFacilitation #BorderAgencyCooperation #TrustedTraderPrograms #RiskManagement #CrimePrevention #IllicitEconomicModels #eLearning
UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE
Since 1911, HEC Lausanne has been training future executives and business leaders to become active players in the world of business and economics. HEC Lausanne also prepares students who wish to pursue an academic career.
Recognized as one of the top management and economics schools, HEC Lausanne distinguishes itself through its top-class education and excellent research. At the heart of its mission, this synergy between teaching and research has ensured the School’s success for more than 100 years. HEC Lausanne uses research to train competent and responsible executives and entrepreneurs, and also to advise organizations, businesses and policy makers.
The place the School and its programs occupy in international rankings and scientific journal publications attests to the quality of its training and research, as do the accreditations it has been awarded by the prestigious EQUIS and AMBA organizations.
Enjoying a strong international reputation, the dynamic HEC Lausanne intends to continue its development as a leading public institution in integrated management and economic training at the European and global levels.