Narcotics and counterfeit drugs smuggling through postal channels is nowadays a constant reminder of the urgent need to strengthen postal security. Recent reports indicate the increase in drug trafficking with use of postal channels as a low risk means of transporting narcotics internationally.
A common European approach for standards and procedures is relevant for the specific problem of exchange and use of information for customs and police missions. The more general problem of increasing security in postal supply chains is a global challenge that should be considered in the broader context of secure EU and international supply chains operated by responsible and collaborating business networks.
SAFEPOST aims to raise the current level of postal security by integrating innovative screening solutions suitable for uninterrupted flow of the enormous volumes of parcels and letters with operational postal processes and the criminal and customs intelligence work in a European wide cooperative distributed model.
Starting from the perspective of the partner postal operations, the project will first identify the main security threats and threat actors and the main security gaps in postal operations. Secondly, it will describe security measures and process improvements to maintain or augment the efficient and secure operation of postal services to address the identified threats.
The specific implementation objectives are to:
Undertake a requirement analysis to identify common Gaps in representative postal operations, where the security control measures do not match the threat probabilities and consequences. Augment the gap analysis with stakeholder requirements analysis to guide a detailed project specification for project developments. The specification should clarify the expected contribution of each development to postal security Key Performance Indicators (which will be derived from the stakeholder requirements).
Produce a Postal Security Target Operating Model representing a generic model for future secure and efficient postal operations;
Develop targeting, screening and threat handling solutions for postal operators;
Develop postal operations optimisation services to compensate for time lost in screening;
Develop a Postal Security Platform utilising existing technologies and open standards to provide the physical integration of the above and to support interoperability between the different postal security stakeholder groups;
Organise a Postal Security pilot involving distributed demonstrators across Europe and providing facilities for linking the members of both PostEurop and Corte. Some pilot capabilities will be produced early (enabling a Pilot operation within the first 18 months)
Provide a focused programme to facilitate the diffusion of project outputs across European member states and create a solid basis for sustainable developments