UK’s Home Office seeks interest on fingerprint database contract
18 November 2014 11:33 GMT

The contract will be for two years, and is valued at between £17m- £77.4m

The UK’s Home Office is reaching out to vendors interested in temporarily overseeing a forensic and biometric interim capability service (FABrIC) to support the country’s national fingerprint database, IDENT1.

A pre-tender notice said a supplier briefing would be held on 17 November to detail requirements for a supplier to operate and maintain FABrIC until a replacement solution was in place.

The contract will be for two years, with two possible extension periods of 12 months each. It is valued between £17m-£77.4m and is designed to ensure the provision of “continuity services of the biometric identification and scenes of crime forensic case management capability”.

"[The Home Office] seeks to provision continuity of the operational life of the capability, known as FABrIC until the Home Office Biometrics Programme delivers a longer term solution to replace both FABrIC and the immigration and asylum fingerprint system (IABS)," the tender said.

IDENT1 is the UK’s existing system for biometric identification and scenes of crime forensic case management. It is a bespoke system serving approximately 30,000 users at 500 physical locations and which interfaces with other national systems and local police force systems.