CT Strategies Supports Top Tech Companies as Member of Border Security Technology Consortium

​CT Strategies was recently admitted to the Border Security Technology Consortium (BSTC) as a non-traditional government contractor. The BSTC was established with the purpose of quickly testing and evaluating the practicality of new and potentially revolutionary border security technology. Under the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Directive 0771.1, Other Transaction Authority (OTA), the BSTC was authorized with the … Read more

New App may Facilitate Duty Evasion while Linking Buyers with Sellers

​Despite serving as a valuable force multiplier for facilitating international trade and travel, new technology sometimes poses new challenges to Customs agencies. One new mobile app called ‘Grabr’ connects shoppers, who wish to purchase an international product more cheaply than it costs at home, with international travelers who can purchase the cheaper product, deliver it to … Read more

U.S. CBP awards $28.8 Million IDIQ to Heuresis for Handheld X-Ray Imagers

On September 27, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) awarded a $28.8 Million Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to Heuresis Corporation for its HBI-120 handheld x-ray imaging device. Currently, CBP has issued two delivery orders under the IDIQ for Heuresis’ HBI-120 devices, totaling a little under $6 million. “We are honored that CBP has selected Heuresis … Read more

American Airlines Partners with TSA to Deploy 3D CT Screening Device at JFK; Optimistic for Faster Passenger Processing

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and American Airlines announced the installation of a Computed Tomography (CT) screening device at New York’s JFK Airport Terminal 8 Passenger Screening Checkpoint. The machine installed is produced by the company analogic and uses CT scanning technology to create detailed 3D images of scanned carry-on bags. The installation of the scanning equipment at … Read more

House Passes Bill to Force U.S. Postal Service to Share Data with Customs and Better Detect Illegal Opioids at the Border

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a margin of 353-32, passed the Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act (H.R. 5788), which would assist the United States Postal Service (USPS) in reducing its role in the nation’s opioid crisis and “help stem the flow of illicit, synthetic opioids from foreign manufacturers through the mail system.” … Read more

Port of Rotterdam Authority Pilots New Container Scanning System

In response to increasing barge congestion and delays spurred by the increasing number of mega-ships, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, in collaboration with Barge Terminal Tilburg and Certus Port Automation (a manufacturer of container identification and monitoring systems), have initiated a three-month pilot container scanning project that will leverage an innovative mobile optical character recognition (OCR) … Read more

‘AVATAR’ Technology Utilizes Artificial Intelligence to Interview Border Crossers

The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR), developed at the University of Arizona’s National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS), has been undergoing tests  with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Prior to the recent tests with CBSA, AVATAR had been tested at a U.S.-Mexico SENTRI lane in Nogales, Arizona in 2011 and in … Read more

CBP and Other Government Agencies Begin Cloud Acquisition Process

On 28 February 2018, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Information Technology (OIT) released a Request for Information (RFI) for cloud acquisition support. According to the RFI, CBP is seeking to migrate all CBP applications out of OIT’s National Data Center complex in Springfield, Virginia to commercial Cloud Service Providers (CSP). CBP anticipates … Read more

New ‘Global’ Trusted Traveler Concept Could Increase Efficiency, but Raises Questions on Technology and Sovereignty

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, last month Accenture, in collaboration with the WEF, the Canadian and Dutch governments and other stakeholder groups introduced The Known Traveller Digital Identity (KTDI). KTDI “aims to build an encrypted, biometrically-protected profile that air travellers can show at border checks to demonstrate that they are a low risk … Read more

Digitizing Container Shipping Operations

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has released a report encouraging carrier companies to adopt digital solutions across their operations, particularly as new competitors enter the market using digital solutions that provide complete end-to-end services. This competitive advantage has the potential to reduce traditional carrier roles to commoditized ocean freight services. BCG identifies 7 digital trends which … Read more