The Home Office has made the decision to share its procurement approach to establishing a Home Office Biometrics (HOB) project.
The Strategic Central and Bureau Platform project is in preparation for a procurement notice that will be issued in the new year.
The HOB programme focuses on ensuring continuation and enhancement of the national biometric services of the Home Office.
These services manage unique, digitised and biometrically verified identities. Fingerprint, face and DNA are the biometric modes currently used.
Business processes, including crime scene investigation, visa applications, passport applications, border control and counter-terrorism, use these services.
The value of the contract, however, is not yet determined.
The contract corresponds to the SCBP, which is an important component of the HOB.
The SCBP project is aimed at delivering continued Central and Bureau capability elements of the existing Immigration and Asylum Biometric System (IABS) for immigration and borders, and systems under IDENT1, the UK’s central national database for biometric information.
The SCBP’s procurement will include the provision of core components of the IABS and IDENT1 biometric systems after separating the matcher/mobile/bureau applications.
The Home Office plans to hold the supplier engagement event prior to releasing the OJEU Contract Notice for the procurement of the future SCBP. The event is due to be held in London on 12 December.
The engagement exercise is intended to give suppliers a view of the high-level requirements of HOB Programme and the technical approach for delivery of SCBP.
The exercise is also aimed at describing the commercial approach and outlining the procurement timeline.
Feedback will also be sought on how the approach could be refined to allow alternative or innovative approaches to SCBP delivery.
Registrations for the engagement event will close on 6 December and the OJEU notice for the SCBP procurement is expected to be issued at the beginning of 2018.