Most organisations and individuals in ENTRANCE have already collaborated through previous successful EU funded projects such as C-BORD, CORE, CONTAIN, EUROSKY and are reuniting their capabilities to build the value chain of NII for effective border controls. A further strength of the consortium is the participation of five practitioners - Border Guards Authorities and/or Customs Authorities - readily engaged to defining the requirements and testing the solutions onsite. Besides technical aspects, the ENTRANCE solution will have been designed by customs, for customs.
The ENTRANCE partners combine a range of expertise as briefly described below:
Practitioners: Ministry of Finance, Croatia, Financial Directorate of the Slovak Republic, National Customs Agency of Bulgaria, Belgian Customs and Excise and the Ministry of Interior, Croatia are Border Guards Authorities or Customs Authorities. Practitioners with expertise on customs’ requirements and challenges related to container inspection at Border Control Points
Experts: Joint Research Center, Center for the Study of Democracy and Michael Doherty Customs and Border Security Services all have expertise in technology assessment, practitioner requirements, ethical and sociological issues
Service provider: ARTTIC handles both the project management and communication and dissemination activities to ensure that the project results deliver a strong impact to relevant stakeholders
IRIS Instruments is a joint venture between the French geological survey (BRGM) and the Japanese group OYO. It has gained a strong position in developing geophysical instrumentation to probe the electro-magnetic properties of the underground. This includes resistivity, chargeability and magnetic resonance measurements.
Its key contribution to the project will be to help design and build a muon imager to scan train freight in collaboration with CEA. IRIS will provide expertise not only in muon instruments' design and construction, but also in field-ready instruments that will be deployed in the field. Indeed, the electro-magnetic instrumentation expertise of IRIS will be deployed to address the specific field test situation.