London, 14 November 2007 – Trusted Borders, a consortium of companies led by Raytheon Systems Limited of the UK, and including Capgemini UK plc, has signed a contract with the Home Office to develop and implement the nation’s ‘e-Borders’ project, an advanced border control and security programme.
Simon Derbyshire, Executive Consultant, Government and Public Services, Capgemini UK, said: "Capgemini was engaged by the then Immigration and Nationality Directorate in 2002 to help with defining the concept of the e-Borders programme. Our role in the Trusted Borders consortium is, in many ways, a continuation of this. We are delighted to be part of the team."
Under the e-Borders programme, Capgemini is responsible for the development of business architecture including the design of business processes, organisation structure and primary data flows. Capgemini is a leading global consulting firm and a specialist in UK Government Business Architecture design and implementation.
The prime contractor for the Trusted Borders consortium is Raytheon, which will be responsible for systems integration, travel services and overall project management. Other supporting members of the consortium are leaders in their respective fields who bring a strong record of performance and delivery to the e-Borders programme. The members of the Trusted Borders team and their respective areas of responsibility in the programme are as follows:
Serco is responsible for infrastructure and service management. Serco is a leading international service company which specialises in providing operational, management and consulting expertise to the UK and other governments. Serco already provides the Mycroft intelligence management system to the UK Borders and Immigration Agency.
Accenture is responsible for training end users of the system and helping to measure the overall business benefits of the e-Borders programme. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company with proven experience working with border and identity management agencies around the world.
Detica is responsible for intelligence and analytics services. Detica is the UK’s leading information intelligence specialist, working extensively in this area for commercial, law enforcement and national security clients. In one of its most recent assignments Detica carried out complex analysis of cross-border freight movements for HM Revenue & Customs.
QinetiQ is responsible for security accreditation and human factors. QinetiQ, the international defence and security technology company, is a specialist in designing customer-facing processes and secure systems that comply with UK Government requirements. For example, it has developed and runs Borderwatch, which detects stowaways in vehicles, for the Department for Transport.
Steria is responsible for the development of the Agency interfaces. Steria is a major European IT services provider with extensive experience of European border management systems, through programmes such as the Schengen Information System (SISII) and Visa Information System (VIS).
The e-Borders Programme is a multi agency, technology enabled business change programme which will create a joined up, modernised border control and security framework for the United Kingdom.
e-Borders will collect and analyse passenger and crew data, provided by carriers (air, sea and rail), in respect of all journeys to and from the UK in advance of their travel. This will support an intelligence-led approach to operating border controls, by identifying those involved in abuse of UK immigration laws, serious and organised crime and terrorism.
Border control agencies include Immigration service, Police service, Serious and Organised Crime Agency, Customs and UKvisas.
The e-Borders programme will cover all carriers operating to and from the UK. It builds upon the successes of Project Semaphore, the de-risking pilot for the e-Borders programme which currently captures passenger information from a limited number of carriers on routes that have been identified as high risk.
By harnessing passenger information, performing risk assessments on passengers planning to enter or leave the UK and utilising new developments in technology which allow the swift and secure transfer of data, e-Borders will, in effect, export the border and provide more effective levels of border control and deliver faster processing and greater flexibility in control operations.