Published date: 28 July 2023

Awarded contract - This means that the contract has been awarded to a supplier.

Closing: 25 May 2022, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Information technology requirements review services - 72223000

Location of contract


Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

28 July 2023

Closing date

25 May 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

28 June 2023

Contract end date

27 June 2028

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Competitive procedure with negotiation (above threshold)

Anyone may ask to participate, but only those who are pre-selected will be invited to submit initial tenders and to negotiate.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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The Secretary of State for the Home Department (referred to as the Home Office) is the lead government
department for immigration and passports and is responsible for securing the UK border, controlling
immigration and issuing passports and visas.
The Home Office, acting through Home Office Biometrics (HOB), is the Authority seeking to procure services
for the provision of Biometric Matcher Platform and associated Services (BMPS).
The Matcher Service Platform (MSP) is a combination of a technology platform and the services required to
support and operate the biometric matching functions. The MSP can be further broken down into:
o a Matcher Service Bus (MSB) where biometric transaction processing logic, biometric workflow rules,
integration of Matching Engine Software (MES) and a Service Interface used by external subsystems; and
o the infrastructure platform to host and provide the computing capacity for the MSB and MES operations.
The BMPS Project can be defined in 5 stages as below:
Stage 1 - Transition of the services developed under the existing Matcher Platform supplier to the new
supplier. These services are for the delivery of Matching Platform and Mark to Print search capability for Law
Enforcement. This is expected to go live before this contract award.
Stage 2 - Delivery of other IDENT1 search capabilities (Print to Print, Print to Mark & Mark to Mark) for Law
Enforcement allowing for the decommission of the legacy IDENT1 matching algorithm.
Stage 3 - Immigration collection moved from IABS to the Fingerprint & Face Algorithms on the MSP. This
allows for the decommission of the legacy IABS fingerprint and face algorithms. This Stage deploys Face
algorithm onto the Matcher Platform and is an enabler for Strategic Facial Matching for Law Enforcement as
well as ETA Face for FBIS.
Stage 4 - Migration of HMPO, EUSS & FBIS collections onto the MSP (re-using the Face Algorithm on the
Platform), allowing for the decommission of the IABS Passport Face Matcher.
Stage 5 - Facial matching for law enforcement use-case.
The contract is for a 5 year initial term with the option to extend by a further 3 years.

More information


Additional text

Awarded contract value £54,716,456.79 excluding VAT, including all extensions (8 year term).

Award information

Awarded date

28 June 2023

Contract start date

28 June 2023

Contract end date

27 June 2028

Total value of contract


This contract was awarded to 1 supplier.



P.O. Box 41, North Harbour, Portsmouth, Hants, PO6 3AU PO6 3AU



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About the buyer

Contact name

Hayley Farrell


49 Sydenham Road