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Home Office to use satellite tracking for foreign criminals



Department will deploy devices, monitoring and alerts using tracking technology to follow foreign offenders awaiting deportation.

The Home Office is to roll out location tracking technology worth up to £70 million to monitor foreign national offenders who are awaiting deportation. 

Devices will use satellite software that accurately tracks the location of the wearer on or up to a 24-hour basis. In addition, a less intrusive device will be made available for “lower harm cases”.

The department is also seeking a UK-wide induction and fitting service for the issue, replacement and removal of the devices, as well as a service that can automatically respond to any alerts when a wearer needs to charge a device or if they remove or attempt to remove the device.

The Home Office has requested “a suite of management information reports including a self-service capability for the authority to access data and reports” to handle the information generated by the trackers. 

It is not yet certain which location tracking technology the devices will use. According to a tender notice published on the public sector procurement data service Tussell, devices “may offer a mix of location technology”.

The tender notice says the department is seeking: “Service providers to supply UK-wide: a range of satellite tracking solutions that will allow the authority to use satellite tracking proportionately by matching the type and degree of monitoring to the risk posed by each foreign national offender."

The five-year contract is worth £50-£70 million.

The procurement will be managed electronically via the Crown Commercial Service's
e-Sourcing Suite


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