IDEMIA fingerprint matcher engine chosen by UK Home Office
19 June 2018 21:19 GMT

IDEMIA's fingerprint matcher engine has been chosen by the UK Home Office for its biometrics programme, the company has revealed.

This award will result in the deployment of the very latest IDEMIA fingerprint matching platform, which will deliver significant productivity improvements by offering increased accuracy fingerprint services to the stakeholders and users of the HOB Programme. In the first phase of the project IDEMIA’s solution will be deployed for use by United Kingdom National Law Enforcement agencies, to be closely followed by Immigration and Border stakeholders.

IDEMIA’s solution is based upon its MBSS Search Platform1 with additional Services. MBSS is a flagship product of IDEMIA, combining very high scalability (over 1 billion identities possible), very high availability – designed for mission-critical systems – and integrating IDEMIA’S world-leading biometric algorithms.

The IDEMIA award results from a competitive procurement. Initially a five year contract, the award offers additional scope to be further extended to a total of 8 years.

IDEMIA’s collaboration with HOB, a UK Home Office programme, reinforces the trust that is placed in IDEMIA for empowering key government biometric solutions around the world.

“IDEMIA is proud to announce this five year partnership with one of the world leaders in government biometric programs. This major system will form one of the keystones of security in the UK, in a context where security is more important than ever before. IDEMIA looks forward to further developing and inspiring future innovations,” explains Philippe Barreau, Executive Vice-President of Citizen Identity and Public Security activities at IDEMIA.

About HOB

The Home Office Biometrics Programme is a Government Major Projects Portfolio Programme of strategic significance across Government which is focused on maximising the public safety benefits of fingerprints, DNA and facial matching whilst protecting the privacy of the individual and addressing any potential impact of data aggregation. The three primary objectives of the Programme are:

Business Continuity – continuity of current biometric capabilities provided by existing contracts and services;
Cost savings – reductions in operational costs, when compared to a like for like basis at the start of the programme;
Enhanced biometrics capability.