Fujitsu wins UK Home Office Biometric Matcher Services Platform contract

Fujitsu is believed to have won a £28 million (US$38.7 million) contract from the UK Home Office to provide a Biometric Matcher Services Platform (BMPS), government computing reports.

A contract award note on Tenders Electric Daily shows Fujitsu has won the Lot 1 tender of a three-lot £55 million ($76 million) contract, worth £28 million over five years, with a potential three-year extension. It is expected that roughly £6 million will be subcontracted.

“The Home Office Biometrics programme seeks to improve the technology used by immigration and law enforcement agencies to check fingerprints and biometric information,” a Home Office spokesperson said. “The new platform will not give agencies access to any new data – but make comparing existing information faster and more accurate, while reducing costs.”

The BMPS consists of a technology services platform and Biometric Matcher Service Bus from a Matcher Service Supplier (MSS), and Biometric Matching algorithms provided by Matcher Engine Software (MES) suppliers. The systems currently used by immigration and law enforcement are covered by contracts expiring in 2019, and the new platform is expected to ensure continued access to biometric data.

Fujitsu’s Biometrics as a Service platform recently reached availability in Australia through a partnership with ImageWare.

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