Case Study

Solution, application and technical architecture for strategic biometrics programme


UKBA needed to integrate their biometric capability with a number of external providers within UK government and also outside the country with international government agencies. The system will provide identity assurance through being able to determine those individuals that have been previously deported or refused a VISA.

UK Border Agency (UKBA) had been running a legacy biometric system since 2000. This system (IAFS) was ageing being near capacity from the perspective of resilience, biometric storage, biometric processing and ability to extend functionality to meet future business requirements.

Customer Profile

UKBA saves £50m by re-negotiating IABS contract with IBM

Enterprise Architects played a key role in assisting UKBA to re-negotiate the IABS contract.

The savings were attained through simplifying the IABS technical and security aspects of the solution.

In addition components of the National Identity Scheme that were no longer needed were removed from the architecture of the solution.

Integration and reuse of existing strategic infrastructure to establish further £10m infrastructure savings

Enterprise Architects developed the technical strategy for the systems integration of the IBM core system reusing existing HOIT Atos networks and infrastructure. Additional benefits from delivery of IABS front end applications supplied by IBM into the Fujitsu strategic desktop platform POISE.

Solution, application and technical architecture for strategic biometrics programme

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