UK tender for mobile biometric equipment fails, renewed by government

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A UK government contract for mobile biometric equipment (MBE) worth £450,000 (approximately $527,000) was not awarded because no compliant kit was submitted on time.

The tender was first launched in April and aimed to reduce the UK Government’s reliance on biometric wet ink fingerprint capture by deploying a number of fingerprint scanners digital cards with machine-readable zone (MRZ) functionality.

The contract sought a single vendor capable of supplying 150 mobile biometric enrollment devices over (minimum) three years, with an obligation to maintain and support the devices for at least the first three years of the contract.

Now in a new ‘contract award notice, the Home Office said no contract was awarded as a result of the procurement process.

“The Authority has undertaken a restricted procedure to procure FAP-60 MBE devices,” the document reads. “However, the market was abandoned because no prototype compliant MBE device was submitted to the Authority.”

At the same time, the Home Office has also launched a new market engagement process with a view to undertaking a new MBE market in the fall of 2022. The new tenderavailable on the UK Government’s Find a Tender website, increased the estimated value of the equipment to £500,000 (about $583,000).

“The Authority previously conducted a restricted procedure for MBE devices, but this did not result in the award of a contract as a suitable device was not available on the market,” reads the news. call for tenders. “The Authority is now considering launching a new market but wants to engage the market first to test and firm up its plans.”

Interested potential suppliers are invited to register on the Jaggaer eSourcing portal for the home office.

The new deal comes months after the Home Office announced it would roll out biometric self-service kiosks for a trial in UK immigration applications.

Article topics

biometrics | fingerprint biometrics | fingerprint scanners | government purchases | mobile device | call for tenders | UK

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