UK Home Office to consolidate biometrics systems
09 January 2018 19:50 GMT

The UK Home Office has said it will combine its IDENT 1 and IABS systems into a central platform to manage fingerprint, DNA and facial matching data

The Home Office plans to consolidate its two biometrics systems into one by the spring of next year, reported UK Authority.

It has indicated that it plans to bring together the capabilities under the IDENT 1 fingerprint system and the Immigration and Asylum Biometric System (IABS) when the relevant contracts expire in March and April 2019 respectively, noted the publication.

The report adds that the department has begun to test the market for single service management capability, which would involve the development of a central platform as part of the Home Office Biometric (HOB) Programme.

A prior information notice indicates that any contract would be worth between £198 million (US$268 million) and £308 million, and would run for between six and 10 years beginning in September of this year.

It places the focus on the ability to manage data on fingerprints, DNA and facial matching, with the requirements including application support and maintenance, infrastructure support services, migration of the existing systems to a public cloud host, and consolidating into two data centres.

The change will also involve changing the highly distributed deployment architecture of the current systems into a centralised and virtualised solution.

Last August, the Home Office issued a £91m ($118m) tender for immigration services using biometrics and the digitisation of supporting evidence.

The tender covers how up to 780,000 people either extend their stay in the UK, settle or pursue British nationality.