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Project News: “IBM Jordan” facilitates handing over of stationary hearbeat detectors in Jordan

2 April 2021

From 29 March to 1 April 2021, representatives from Jordanian Authorities, ICMPD and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) gathered for the delivery, testing and installation of stationary heartbeat detectors in four previously agreed upon Border Crossing Points (BCP) in Jordan.

The handing over procedure included the orientation and training for all Border Crossing Points (BCP) staff on the operation of the stationary heartbeat detectors. The stationary heartbeat detectors that were provided will assist in serving the capacities of fraud detection and the control of human smuggling.


The stationary heartbeat detectors were provided through the “IBM Jordan” project which aims to contribute to the development of the long-term capability of Jordan to control and manage its borders and to ensure greater security for citizens and visitors, while guaranteeing the respect for the rule of law and human rights standards. ICMPD is responsible for the implementation of components 1 and 3 which focus respectively on the development of an integrated approach to border management and to strengthen trade facilitation practices and measures by working with Borders and Residency Department (BRD), General Intelligence Directorate (GID), and Jordan Customs (JC).

The Delegation of the European Union to Jordan is the donor of the IBM project and funded the (4) stationary heartbeat detectors. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is the first country in the Middle East whose borders have been equipped with the heartbeat detectors. .

Irregular migration continues to remain a serious problem, thus putting severe strain on the border management stakeholders. Heartbeat detectors aid by sensing the delicate vibrations caused by the human heartbeat, in order to detect unauthorised persons that may be hiding inside containers or vehicles, during the border control procedures.

More information on the IBM Jordan Project can be found here.