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Home Office wants help for Border Crossing Mobile Feasibility Study

Matteo Natalucci Published 09 January 2018

£900k project seeks to investigate the possibility of delivering a mobile based capability to support the passenger clearance process


The Home Office is looking for a partner to undertake a feasibility study for its Digital Services at Border Crossing Mobiles Study as part of its Digital Services at the Border (DSAB) programme.

DSAB is a major Home Office programme within the Border Systems Portfolio building functionality to transform the way the Home Office manages UK Borders. The primary benefits of delivering DSAB are: 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 project relates to the capabilities Border Force has for operating the immigration controls for people, referred to as the Primary Control Point (PCP).

At present, Border Force has limited mobile (laptop) contingency capabilities for the PCP, which can be ported to sites, and used in contingency scenarios.

Both Border Force and the Home Office Digital Data and Technology operation (DDaT) want to investigate the feasibility of delivering a mobile based capability to support the passenger clearance process for five scenarios:

• On coach, train, boat or other moving vehicles requiring staff to board and check passports, identities and clear passengers. 
• At remote sites. 
• In offline mode, supporting the contingency scenario of power or network outage, ex. ad-hoc passenger checks (not clearance).
• Within ports using a wireless network.
• Of people encountered during embarkation, policing or enforcement activities, and carried out by non-Border Force staff.

The delivery partner will be responsible for undertaking discovery sessions with relevant stakeholders, reviewing PoC outcomes and producing an Option Selection Report that clearly identifies the viability of delivering in the designated operational scenarios.

The outcome will be an Option Selection Report with High Level Design for consideration by the Home Office DDaT team and Border Force Technology.

The budget for the project ranges between £300k and £900k, with an expected contract length of six months for the work. The closing date for applications is January 19.

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