Home Office plots £5m project to equip police with facial-recognition software

Written by Sam Trendall on 16 August 2017 in News
News

Department issues contract notice for biometric software

After initially being deployed in the law-enforcement sector, the biometric technology may then be rolled out in other areas

The Home Office is planning to invest £5m on facial-recognition biometric software to be used by the police.

The department has issued a contract notice seeking interested suppliers for a five-year engagement to provide biometric matcher engine software (MES) that can successfully identify people via facial imagery. Such technology will, initially, be used in law enforcement. In time, the scope of the deployment may extend to other public sector organisations, the Home Office said. 

Alongside the technology, the supplier or suppliers will be expected to provide a range of related services, including design, accuracy testing, systems integration, data migration, and ongoing support. 


Related content


Potential suppliers have until 25 September to express their interest, three weeks after which the department is intending to invite five firms to tender. The tendering process, which will see bidders’ technology subjected to accuracy testing, is expected to last at least seven months. 

Following the initial five-year term of the contract, the Home Office will have the option to extend it for an additional two years, followed by a further one-year extension. This means the project could last a total of eight years. Its estimated value is £4.6m, plus VAT.

The deployment forms part of a wider biometrics programme being run by the Home Office. The new MES will, therefore, need to integrate with the department’s existing biometric matcher platform service, which plays host to methods and data from various agencies across law enforcement, immigration, citizenship services, and other bodies.

 

About the author

Sam Trendall is editor of PublicTechnology

Share this page

Tags

Categories

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM READERS

Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

Home Office to revamp communications infrastructure
14 May 2018

Department issues contract notice seeking external supplier for two-year contract to install unified communications environment

CCS starts building first Crown Marketplace portals
30 May 2018

Supply-teaching and facilities-management frameworks will be among first to be hosted on new web store, as procurement agency also looks to refresh underlying e-sourcing technology

MPs label Home Office DBS digitisation programme ‘a masterclass in incompetence’
26 May 2018

Failure of project to improve safeguarding checks also casts doubt on department’s capacity to successfully deliver the Emergency Services Network, report finds

 

CPS awards £5m PC-support deal to Wipro
23 May 2018

Disaggregation work continues but CGI’s dominance is disrupted only by a fellow outsourcing giant

Related Sponsored Articles