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WCO SG Speech - Happening Now...Opening Ceremony of 2018 WCO IT Conference in Lima, Peru

WCO SG Speech - Happening Now...Opening Ceremony of 2018 WCO IT Conference in Lima, Peru

June 6, 1015am:  Dr. Kunio Mikuriya delivers an opening speech that touches on risk management and data sharing + border coordination between Customs and OGAs.  He also referenced machine learning and artificial intelligence as emerging technologies for Customs.

Interested in seeing a tangible example or demonstration of what that looks like?  Visit the TTEK booth #19 for a live demo!

The ASYCUDA Myth Part 4:  Time to Open Source

The ASYCUDA Myth Part 4:  Time to Open Source

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has never intended to open source ASYCUDA (as the WCO recently did in June 2017 with their Cargo Targeting System).  It seems clear that Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) should not be in the business of building and selling rudimentary software solutions, and donors should not be funding the development or deployment especially when there is an appearance of a kickback scheme for a select few...

The WCO CTS Myth - Part 1: Is the WCO Marketing with the ASYCUDA model?

The WCO CTS Myth - Part 1: Is the WCO Marketing with the ASYCUDA model?

The World Customs Organization (WCO) is blocking the technology providers from those countries who require and seek a robust risk management solution, by suggesting their Cargo Targeting System (CTS) as the only viable solution available.  No market awareness or survey is provided. Sure -the WCO will point members to the TEN network or WCO IT Conference, but it’s clear to us that members are shown all roads lead to the CTS…. especially when they are told it makes them compliant with WCO SAFE....

Time to open-source ASYCUDA and CTS? (by IBM's Stewart Jeacocke)

Time to open-source ASYCUDA and CTS?   (by IBM's Stewart Jeacocke)

Stewart Jeacocke is the Customs Leader from the IBM Center of Competence. He's promoting what is likely the best idea yet for the future of ASYCUDA and the WCO's CTS.

His blog can be accessed here.

Customs Risk Management System Checklist - Compare Available Applications with 55 Functions

Customs Risk Management System Checklist  - Compare Available Applications with 55 Functions

Through our market analysis and customer engagements, we have learned that many Customs administrations are not entirely clear on what systems are indeed available in the market, or how to compare those applications.  We believe it's necessary to create a common and fair playing ground to compare the options, and TTEK is certainly prepared to be considered in any cross functional comparison.  As such we've prepared a checklist to assist those customs administrations who seek a leading edge operational risk management solution.  Our list includes 55 functions that you should be measuring when considering a risk management solution.

Contact us for more info or visit www.ttekglobal.com

Introducing Machine Learning into Customs Risk Management Capabilities

Introducing Machine Learning into Customs Risk Management Capabilities

As part of our development road-map, we are blazing a new path forward by incorporating machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) methodologies.  What if you could automate your profiling of high risk shipments, people, and conveyances, and bring those "learnings" to your front end decision support system (e.g. our Operational Risk Management System) in real time?   As part of our development road-map, we are going to merge the strategic back end historical trend analysis and predictive analytics with tactical and operational front end targeting and selectivity systems.  Here's how...

Day 2-3 WCO IT Conference - Dakar, Senegal

Day 2-3 WCO IT Conference - Dakar, Senegal

Day 2 included 4 extensive "Tech Talk" sessions with a ton of presentations on the subject of IT procurement and diverse technology solutions. 

TTEK was slotted In Tech Talk 3 which was delivered as....

June 2nd Dakar, Senegal: TTEK delivering "Tech Talk" at World Customs Organization Event

June 2nd Dakar, Senegal:  TTEK delivering "Tech Talk" at World Customs Organization Event

TTEK founder Chris Thibedeau is scheduled to deliver a "Tech Talk" at the WCO IT Conference in Dakar Sengal on Thursday June 2nd, 2016.   The presentation and discussion will be titled, "Optimizing Border Management Systems Through a Best in Breed Approach.”

Mr. Thibedeau will be making a compelling case on how...

Is the Future of Customs Modernization an Approach Using "Best In Breed" Systems?

Is the Future of Customs Modernization an Approach Using "Best In Breed" Systems?

I was recently pointed to this document by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA):  https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tradfa_e/case_studies_e/escwa_e.pdf

While it's 5 years old, it still offers great insight.  Electronic Single Window (ESW) projects have become a major focus for many global customs administrations.  It's also taken a few years for the community of technology vendors to come up with suitable solutions that offer a good ROI.  "One size fits all" solutions usually offer one powerful and robust component, but