Government to roll out big data at the border

Home Office issues tender for £2m project

The government is planning to roll out big-data analytics at the UK border in a £2m project.

Digital Services at the Border is a major scheme being run by the Home Office. As part of the programme, the department wants to “increase its big-data capabilities” in relation to border crossings, border controls, and “advanced freight targeting capability”.

A tender has been issued looking for a supplier to undertake a project worth between £1.5m and £2m to deliver big-data services in these areas. Work is due to commence on 1 May and last for an initial period of a year, with a possible six-month extension.


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Some beta services – running on a platform from big-data software specialist Hortonworks – are already live. The successful bidder will be expected to work with internal Home Office and external development teams.

The services built will ultimately be used by Border Force and police officers, as well as representatives of other government agencies.

“[The chosen supplier] will join a multi-team and -supplier environment responsible for managing the build, deployment, [and] continuous integration of the project through development, test, and production,” the government said. “The supplier will be required to work to standards and practices set by GDS and the Home Office Centre of Excellence. Delivery partners are expected to work as part of a delivery team focused on a specific outcome. They will be required to adopt common agile practices.”

Potential suppliers have until 28 March to bid for the project, which will primarily take place at the Home Office’s Croydon outpost, with some work at its Westminster headquarters. 

 

Sam Trendall

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