The Home Office has agreed on a £91 million contract with US based Entrust to support its generic identity verification service.
It has just published a contract notice for a deal that was concluded in June of last year, indicating that the identify and payments specialist is now responsible for mobile device application and service wrapper to support the department in its management of borders and immigration.
This will involve functions for scanning or reading passports, document verification, facial biometrics and real time facial matching, along with the need to integrate with applications and case working systems and secure personal data.
The requirements are similar to those for automated e-gates at airports, which use dedicated equipment and are supported by Border Force staff.
Details on the duration of the contract are not included in the notice.