Irish start-up develops tech to address border security and people trafficking

  • Irish technology start-up Journey Protector has announced that it is launching its first go-to-market product in October at the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials.

    Headquartered in Dublin, Journey Protector aims to safeguard vulnerable people with its autonomous, real-time monitoring and detection solution for the logistics industry.

    The product, which uses machine learning, blockchain and Microsoft Azure cloud technology, provides operators with full transparency of their controlled environments, alerting them to stowaway situations and keeping both the goods and the drivers onboard safe.

    Enabling the product design and manufacturing of this solution is Arrow Electronics, the world’s largest electronics provider who has networks and distribution centres across the globe.

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    With a business model that will support direct sales and indirect sales through partners, there is already a growing demand for this cutting-edge solution, with Journey Protector predicting its global sales to grow 45%-50% year-on-year. To meet this demand, the company plans to add to its team in the areas of engineering, operations, and sales and marketing, and is currently engaged in a strategic funding round.

    The start-up has announced its plans to open three new offices over the next two years to drive its global expansion and support business growth. As well as new offices in the United Kingdom  and Berlin in 2022, the company is planning to open a base in the USA by the end of 2023.

    Journey Protector has already gained recognition in the market, having recently secured a €25,000 prize from Typetec’s start-ups competition, in collaboration with Microsoft.

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    Speaking about the new developments, Anne Lawlor, CEO of Journey Protector, said: “The need to tackle human trafficking, driver safety and cargo theft was the driving force behind the formation of Journey Protector. Cargo theft amounts to €60 billion worldwide annually. Recently, Ireland was ranked worst in western Europe for tackling human trafficking for the second year running.

    Ms. Lawlor also added: “We want a world where vulnerable people are no longer trafficked by use of haulage, and cargo theft is no longer able to harm drivers and companies.”

    The company says they aim to be the number 1 Global Technology Solution Provider in solving cross border security, theft, safety, and people trafficking issues in the next 5 years. 

    Source: Written from press release. 

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