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Home Office to beef up business analysis capability within DSAB

Matteo Natalucci Published 23 January 2018

£4.7m project aims to boost Borders IT’s business analysis capabilities


The Home Office’s Digital, Data and Technology (HODDaT) Borders IT group wants to step up its business analysis capabilities within its Digital Services at the Border (DSAB) programme and is looking for a delivery partner to help.

It says it needs the delivery partner to work on several ongoing projects within the DSAB work.

DSAB is the Home Office’s successor to the E-borders programme to collect advance passenger information (API) on travellers to the UK from transport carriers, and check this data against data on persons of interest before they travel.

To date the programme has improved the amount of data collected over time. In September 2015, when the National Audit Office (NAO) issued its report on E-borders and successor programmes , it found that the Home Office was collecting API for 86% of all inbound passengers. The two key systems that support this are the Semaphore and Warnings Index systems. These are, however, 13 and 22 years old respectively.

The DSAB programme plans to replace them with two new systems, Advanced Border Control and Border Crossing, by March 2019.

The DSAB programme also includes an Advanced Freight Targeting Capability (AFTC) to identify cargo of interest, which will replace HMRC’s Freight Targeting System by March 2018. The Border Crossing and AFTC systems are currently being tested in live environments.

DSAB resides within the Border Systems Portfolio building functionality to transform the way the Home Office manages UK Borders. The primary benefits of delivering DSAB are to enhance the security of the UK; gather and act on data from people and entities crossing the border, both inbound and out; and provide timely, accurate data to those who need to access/use it.

The Borders IT work package aims to increase the development capabilities of Border Crossing (BX) Advanced Freight Tracking Capability (AFTC) and Advance Border Control (ABC) DSAB’s programmes. The projects are at various stages of delivery ranging from ramping up, in delivery and/or in live use.

The chosen delivery partner will join the team responsible for managing the build, deployment, and continuous integration of the project through development, test, and production.

The end users include Border Force, Police and wider government agencies responsible for securing UK borders, and detecting criminal behaviour.

The delivery partner will need to demonstrate experience in designing and delivering outcome based services within complex Public Sector environment that meet both user needs and business requirements.

The budget for the project ranges between £3m and £4.7m, with an initial contract term of one year plus an option to extend by six months.

The closing date for applications is February 6.

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