Home Office initiates steps for Border Crossing Mobile feasibility study

Home Office initiates steps for Border Crossing Mobile feasibility study

A new study is to be carried out by the Home Office as part of the departments Digital Services at the Border (DASB) programme.

The feasibility study is for the departments Digital Services at the Border Crossing Mobiles Study and the Home Office is looking for a partner to undertake the feasibility study.

DSAB is a major programme of the Home Office within the Border Systems Portfolio, building functionality to transform the way the UK borders are managed by the Home Office and is aimed at increasing the security of the UK; gathering and acting on data from people crossing the border, both inbound and out; and providing timely and accurate data to those who need to access or use it.

Border Force, a law enforcement command within the Home Office, is tasked with securing the border by carrying out immigration and customs controls for people and goods entering the UK.

Currently, the Border Force has limited mobile (laptop) contingency capabilities for the PCP, which can be ported to sites, and used in contingency scenarios.

However, this project pertains to the capabilities Border Force has for operating the immigration controls for people, referred to as the Primary Control Point (PCP). The project also relates to the capabilities the Border Force has for operating the immigration controls for people, often referred to as the Primary Control Point (PCP).

The Border Force and the Home Office Digital Data and Technology (DDaT) plan to investigate feasibility of delivering a mobile-based capability to support the passenger clearance process for five scenarios: on coach, train, boat or other moving vehicles requiring staff to board and check passports, identities and clear passengers; at remote sites; in offline mode, supporting the contingency scenario of power or network outage, such as ad hoc passenger checks (not clearance); within ports using a wireless network; and of people encountered during embarkation, policing or enforcement activities, and carried out by non-Border Force staff.

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A delivery partner should undertake discovery sessions with relevant stakeholders, review PoC outcomes and produce an Option Selection Report that identifies the viability of delivering in the designated operational scenarios and hopefully the outcome will be an Option Selection Report with high-level designs or solutions to the scenarios, which will be considered by the DDaT team and Border Force Technology.

The budget for the discovery phase ranges from £300,000 to £900,000, with a contract period of six months. The closing date for submission of applications is 19 January 2018.