UK’s Home Office releases fingerprint tech procurement request
22 May 2017 18:03 GMT

Britain’s Home Office wants to consult the biometrics industry on potential requirements for fingerprint devices, particularly mobile solutions.

The Home Office Biometrics (HOB) Programme said last week that it wishes to enter into a market engagement exercise for its potential requirements for fingerprint devices for a project known as the Strategic Mobile Solution (S-Mobile).

In a Prior Information Notice (PIN) the Home Office said it also plans to carry out meetings with potential suppliers as part of the consultation, whose results are then to be used to refine its procurement approach.

The consultation is aimed at determining the feasibility and market appeal of the Home Office’s procurement approach, testing the market’s capability and capacity of delivering the required devices and systems, the Home Office said.

Through meeting with vendors, the Home Office has said hopes to explore HOB S-Mobile Project's current requirements and how this may affect the eventual procurement strategy.

It also wants to Give suppliers a view of the HOB Programme's high level requirements for the proposed Strategic Mobile Solution and solicit feedback on the requirements, and get an indication of the likely value-streams the Market may utilise in delivering appropriate solution option/s and their likely cost model values.

The request is part of plans to award a three year contract for the fingerprint technologies, and potential suppliers have until June 2 to submit their questionnaires.  

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