Center for Information Management, Integration and Connectivity
Interoperation for Effective Data Mining in Border Control and
an effort to protect the U.S. from the entry of terrorists and weapons of mass
destruction, advanced technical capabilities are
needed by the U.S. Customs With respect to the entry of weapons of mass
destruction into the US, concerns have perhaps been greatest over the 16 million
shipping containers that enter every year because
before September 11th it was estimated that only 2% of them were opened and
physically inspected. In order to meet the new requirement and enhance the performance and reliability of the
overall system, Customs has recently embarked on a major modernization
initiative of its Information Technology systems.
in data from Customs trade systems, targeting inspectors review manifest
information as well as strategic and tactical intelligence
to determine which shipments and containers may be "high-risk" and
which ones are not. This entails a great level of communication and data sharing
between various government agencies.
impact of this project is in many dimensions –
It devises solutions to accomplish secure interoperation among different
It advances the fundamental research in the areas of semantic
interoperability, data mining and
As a result of the partnership of the
research team with industry, SAP, which is the supplier of software to the
Customs Modernization Program and contractor to
IBM, the prime contractor for eCustoms Partnership (eCP) that is implementing
Customs Modernization, it provides the
opportunity to directly influence the practical needs of US Customs.
The research and development
work that will be undertaken in this project are generalizable and therefore can
serve as a reference model to be adopted
by related homeland security agencies.