Next Generation Targeting Tools that Stop Synthetic Drugs, Dangerous NPS, Fentanyls & Related Chemical Trafficking - PING

Implementing Organization
INCB
Description

The GRIDS Pre-flight Incident Notification Gateway (PING) allows international organizations or national government with IONICS access, to automate their requests verifying whether specific importer or exporter geospatial coordinates are associated with suspicious shipment or seizures of synthetic drugs, dangerous NPS, fentanyl and related chemical substance via IONICS. Developed to allow the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) Dangerous Good Search Tools (DGST) to ping IONICS, it instantly returns a stoplight match score for potential secondary inspection prior to being loaded onto a plane and automates at-scale what is currently possible manually by focal points without the burden of data exchange 24/7.    

Accomplishments to Date

PING has been tested with IONICS to automate requests verifying whether specific importer or exporter geospatial coordinates. According to the UPU, 1.7 billion posts and parcels are dispatched internationally per year with 99.9% representing legitimate commodities, however, the remaining fraction poses significant risks to air and other transport providers and communities, due to how dangerous substances are trafficked. This technology could also be used by national governments for inbound, outbound post, express courier and related express cargo consignments. 

Project Activities
  1. Develop the Pre-Flight Incident Notification Gateway (PING) system and deploy for integration by the UPU DGST and governments. 
  2. Establish PING at two multi-agency fusion Centres with 24/7 access to INCB systems and expand capacity in existing multi-agency fusion Centres, based on the GRIDS Cyber-Communications Centres (GC3), located at select national enforcement agencies. 
  3. Developing materials and training on operating multi-agency fusion cyber communications centres, real-time analysis of integrated data streams and INCB systems. 
  4. Integrate PING into the IONICS suite of operational tools and ensure 24/7 access. 
Global Level Outcomes
  • Detect, deny, disrupt and dismantle the source of trafficking of dangerous synthetic drugs via PINGs. 
  • Develop Pre-Flight Incident Notification Gateway (PING) system and deploy for integration by the Universal Postal Union DGST, and select governments. 
  • Establish PING at two multi-agency fusion Centres with 24/7 access to INCB systems and expand capacity in two existing multi-agency fusion Centres, based on the GRIDS Cyber-Communications Centres (GC3), located at select national enforcement agencies. 
  • Developing materials and training (4 trainings) on operating multi-agency fusion cyber communications centres, real-time analysis of integrated data streams and INCB systems. 
  • Integrate PING and ensure 24/7 access to IONICS with 1 million PINGs per day capacity. 
National Level Outcomes
  • Integrate PING into IONICS and ensure 24/7 access with for frontline officers. 
  • Develop Pre-Flight Incident Notification Gateway (PING) system and deploy for integration by the Universal Postal Union DGST and select governments. 
  • Establish PING at two multi-agency fusion Centres with 24/7 access to INCB systems and expand capacity in two existing multi-agency fusion Centres, based on the GRIDS Cyber-Communications Centres (GC3), located at select national enforcement agencies. 
  • Developing materials and training (4 trainings) on operating multi-agency fusion cyber communications centres, real-time analysis of integrated data streams and INCB systems. 

Current State Participants 

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Contact

Matthew [dot] Nice [at] un [dot] org (Matthew[dot]Nice[at]un[dot]org) Manager, GRIDS Programme HQ | Global OPIOIDS Project Secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)