Northrop Grumman confirms
biometric Home Office deal
13 May 2015 16:18 GMT

International security giant Northrop Grumman has confirmed that it has been awarded a £28.8m contract by the United Kingdom Home Office to provide service and systems operations and maintenance to the Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability, otherwise known as FABrIC.

Planet Biometrics first revealed the deal on 10 April, with contract documents stating that the agreement was finalised on 27 March. The contract will last for two years, with two possible extension periods of 12 months each.

A supplier briefing had been held in November to detail requirements for a supplier to operate and maintain FABrIC until a replacement solution was in place.

"This award demonstrates our continued collaborative partnership and strong programme performance of more than 20 years with the UK Home Office," said Ed Sturms, vice president and general manager, civil division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems.

"We look forward to continuing to work closely with our customer to provide the best service and expertise in support of their identity management mission."

Andrew Tyler, chief executive Europe, Northrop Grumman, added: "Northrop Grumman is at the forefront of advances in security technology for the most sensitive information assets including finger and palm print data". 

"This contract award will enable us to continue the good work we have been doing to provide the police service with the national identity management capabilities they need."

The work will be performed in Coventry and Fareham as well as the United States, with Northrop Grumman leading a team consisting of Morpho, Crossmatch Technologies and Phoenix IT Services.

Northrop Grumman has previously worked in biometric fusion and identification to support law enforcement and military efforts including the Department of Defense Automated Biometric Identification System and Biometric Identification System for Access.