Border detection of illicit drugs and precursors by highly accurate electrosensors (BorderSens)

Project Details


The lack of fully effective control of illicit drug smuggling through EU borders represents a major concern for public safety. The existing detection methods have low precision and high costs. As a consequence, there is a growing demand for accurate and precise detecting methods. The EU-funded BorderSens project combines sensor technologies, nanotechnology and data analysis to develop a device that detects a wide range of drugs. The device is portable, wireless and highly effective at tracking drugs. Demonstrations of the advanced tool will take place at seven EU borders. BorderSens is the result of the collaboration between universities, end-users, a big industry of electrochemical sensors and a specialised SME.
Effective start/end date1/09/1930/11/23

Collaborative partners

  • Antwerp University (lead)
  • University of Leicester
  • Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • De Federale Overheidsdienst Justitie - Le Service Public Fédéral Justice (NICC)
  • Romanian Police
  • Metrohm Dropsens SL (DS)
  • Ministerie Van Financien (DCL)
  • Scottish Police Authority
  • Izertis, S.L. (IZTS)
  • Service Public Federal Finances (BC)
  • Romanian Border Police
  • Police Grand-Ducale
  • Muitines Kriminaline Tarnyba
  • Home Office (HOBF)
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)


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