Home Office inks e-Borders contract

The Trusted Borders consortium has signed a contract with the UK Home Office to develop and implement the nation’s `e-Borders’ project

The Raytheon Systems-led Trusted Borders consortium has signed a contract with the UK Home Office to develop and implement the nation’s ‘e-Borders’ project, an advanced border control and security programme.

e-Borders will collect and analyse passenger and crew data provided by carriers in respect of all journeys to and from the UK in advance of a journey. This will support an intelligence-led approach to operating border controls, by identifying those involved in abuse of UK immigration laws, serious and organised crime and terrorism.

Members of the consortium have already begun work on the e-Borders programme, building upon the country’s current pilot programme for border control. It will be expanded into a fully flexible, scalable and robust e-Borders capability within two years. Ninety-five percent of the work will be carried out in the UK.

The prime contractor for the Trusted Borders consortium is Harlow, Essex-based Raytheon Systems, which will be responsible for systems integration, travel services and overall project management. The other participants are Serco, Accenture, DeticaQinetiq, Capgemini and Steria.

Serco, based in Hook, Hampshire, will be responsible for infrastructure and service management. Serco already provides the Mycroft intelligence management system to the UK Borders and Immigration Agency.

London-headquartered Accenture will be responsible for training end users of the system and helping to measure the overall business benefits of the e-Borders programme.

Detica, from Guildford, Surrey, will provide intelligence and analytics services. In one of its most recent assignments, Detica carried out complex analysis of cross-border freight movements for HM Revenue & Customs.

Farnborough’s Qinetiq will be responsible for security accreditation and human factors. The company previously developed and runs Borderwatch, which detects stowaways in vehicles, for the Department for Transport.

Capgemini, whose head office is in Woking, will develop business architecture, including the design of business processes, organisation structure and primary data flows.

Steria, an IT service provider based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, will supply  agency interfaces.