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Objective #1

To enhance EU detection capabilities of dangerous and illicit goods transported within post and parcels flows

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Objective #2

To ensure uptake of the iFLOWS solutions through wide communication and dissemination activities as well as efficient exploitation, business planning and market analysis

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Objective #3

To test and validate iFLOWS scanning systems and intelligence services with the active engagement of users


Preventing and fighting illicit material and dangerous substances in postal and courier services flows in EU areas is of top priority.

However, ensuring efficiency, speed and continuity in screening and detection tasks remains yet a challenge. Currently, custom, police and courier authorities involve a range of screening systems in place but there is still much to do in terms of detection efficacy and creation of intelligence towards risk and threat identification. On top of that, criminals or smugglers exploit the multitude of flows and easily spot security gaps that allow parcels or letters to be transported within or across EU with relative ease. 

To overcome these constraints, iFLOWS proposes a unique approach to assist customs, police and postal/courier services in preventing and detecting such crimes by improving operational readiness, enhancing situation awareness, reducing detection time, providing operational efficiency and achieving superior mission performance.

iFLOWS will design, develop, integrate, test and validate a novel multi-tier synergistic Toolkit:

a) a tailored C4I that boosts preparedness and cooperation between police, customs and courier/postal services,

b) enhanced Intelligence in terms of threats, risks and suspicious flows

c) novel detection technologies featuring enhanced detection capabilities over a large span of illicit material and substances

Scientific & Technological Objectives

Objective #1

To deliver a novel THz multispectral scanning system based on Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) and absorption of plasmonic structures with advanced detection performances

Objective #2

To deliver a novel UWB Scanner for non-intrusive detection of RFID elements in parcels and letters

Objective #3

To deliver an advanced computer vision feature extraction component that upgrades current detection capacities

Objective #4

To deliver a novel Dark web and Social Media Alerting Tool for enhanced intelligence

Objective #5

To deliver a novel Risk & Threats Assessment Tool for improved risk assessment and preparedness

Objective #6

To deliver enhanced C4I capabilities – Command, Control, Communication Coordination and Intelligence (extraction) at the service of Police, Customs, Postal/Courier services

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