4.1 Support to border efficiency and security
Hrodna Regional Custom House (Hrodna Oblast, Belarus)
Podlaskie Voivodeship Office (Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland)
State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk Oblast, Belarus)
The road border control points (BCPs) in Kuźnica Białostocka–Bruzhi and Bobrowniki–Bierastavica are one of the biggest and the most popular at the Polish-Belarusian border. Core covered by them directions are Hrodna–Białystok–Warsaw–Berlin. Unfortunately both BCPs are facing delays during the cargo and passenger customs clearance. It is associated with increasing traffic, but also with outdated and low-speed customs’ equipment, causing not sufficient capacity and protection. The inability to carry out some types of border controls often leads to easier smuggling and illegal trade practices.
The partners of NETWORK project decided to challenge this issue by modernization of management and security on Polish- Belarusian border. In Bruzhi and Bierastavica crossing point the LAN equipment (switches and servers) will be replaced, together with new optical LAN cable system increasing data transmission speed. Updated communication, computer and office devices (routers and telephone station, printers, copiers) will speed up the customs’ border service. Modern uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) will protect the new equipment from sudden voltage and power cuts as well. Moreover, the integrity of the information systems will be ensured to network storages by new cluster system and online backup. The training of border staff responsible for the new devices held in Minsk (Belarus) will support smooth operation of them and allow for responsible and fast group decisions making during their duties.
Overall, project activity on both sides of Polish-Belarusian border in parallel will reduce customs control time, minimize the number of equipment failures and enhance the safety of customs and personal data. Better transport flows will activate the mobility of business community, entrepreneurship and economic links increasing the cross-border region’s attractiveness and building long-lasting relations between residents and travellers from Belarus and Poland.
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