The mission of C-BORD is to develop and test a comprehensive cost-effective TRL-7 solution for the generalised inspection of container and large-volume freight in order to protect EU borders, coping with a large range of container non-intrusive inspection (NII) targets, including explosives, chemical warfare agents, illicit drugs, tobacco, stowaways and Special Nuclear Material (SNM).

High-level Objectives

By developing, combining, trialling and assessing complementary NII technologies in a comprehensive cost-effective solution, C-BORD pursues four aims:

  • Increase the efficiency in container non-intrusive inspection (NII).
  • Reduce false negative and false positive alarms.
  • Maximise effectiveness and reduce safety risks for custom agents when opening containers for inspection.
  • Lay the groundwork for the standardisation of requirements and test procedures for evaporation based detection systems used to inspect large volume freight.

Technical Objectives

  • Provide a general and multi-disciplinary C-BORD Framework for building comprehensive container inspection solutions, allowing stakeholders (customs officials, terminal operators, freight forwarders) to analyse key issues, fine-tune their requirements, and design and develop holistic solutions by fitting and assessing user needs against a list of general criteria.
  • Develop a C-BORD Toolbox of TRL-7 first-line & second-line devices employing different non-destructive passive and active techniques:
    Advanced Radiation Management / Next Generation Cargo X-Ray / Tagged Neutron Inspection / Photofission / Evaporation Based Detection
  • Develop a unique Graphical User Interface (GUI), data fusion display, decision support software and common data format.
  • Elaborate recommendations and tools for standardised tests for the different C-BORD NII technologies.


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