BT emblem short listed for delivery of e-borders programme
10 November 2006 - BT today confirmed that BT Emblem has been short listed by the Home Office as one of the two potential suppliers to deliver its e-Borders programme, a key Government initiative which will see a transformation in the way it secures and operates the UK’s borders. BT is the lead member of the BT Emblem team, which also comprises Lockheed Martin UK, LogicaCMG, Anite, ARINC and BT’s strategic alliance partner Hewlett-Packard (HP).
The e-Borders programme is led by the Home Office’s Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) and aims to establish a modernised, intelligence-led border control and security framework based on the electronic processing of information relating to air, sea and rail passengers travelling into, through and out of the UK. The successful delivery of technical and business services sits at the heart of the programme which will provide all UK border agencies with enhanced capabilities for information and intelligence sharing and traveller risk assessment.
Commenting on IND’s decision, Tim Smart , president, BT Global Services, UK, said: “BT and its partners are fully committed to the e-Borders programme and we’re delighted to have been short listed to deliver a service of such national and international significance.
“Our investment in this bid firmly illustrates our long-term commitment to working with the Government to enhance the security of the UK and we look forward to working with the IND over the coming months.”
Steve Gill, VP and managing director, HP UK & Ireland said: “ HP has an excellent track record of delivering transformational IT services to our customers globally and we look forward to supporting our alliance partner BT and the other members of the team.”
Ian Stopps, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin UK said: “Lockheed Martin is proud to be a member of this team. Our experience in identity management and biometrics programmes is complemented by our exemplary track record of providing mission critical solutions in areas of national importance and high sensitivity.
“We are looking forward to being a trusted service provision partner in this increasingly important area of national security.”
Guy Warren from LogicaCMG, said: "The BT Emblem short-listing is very exciting for LogicaCMG and we are pleased to be part of such a strong team. We believe our experience in delivering secure applications and business change services to clients not just in the public sector and defence, but also aerospace and transport, will deliver real tangible benefits to UK border control operations.”
Steve Rowley, CEO of Anite, said: “Anite is delighted at the announcement of the BT Emblem short-listing. As providers of enforcement systems that are specifically designed to help government make society safer, Anite are extremely experienced in the provision of systems to safeguard national security and are thrilled to be part of such a strong team”.
Ed Montgomery, MD of ARINC EMEA, said: “ARINC are extremely pleased to bring ARINC’s 77 years experience in aviation and airport security to such an important development in national security.”
BT is the leading networked IT services supplier to the UK public sector and is currently working on some of the largest government contracts across health, defence, education and crime & justice and in both local and central government.
The IND is scheduled to announce the preferred supplier in the Summer of 2007.
BT Emblem comprises world class companies with proven expertise who have worked together successfully. Lockheed Martin has extensive experience with development of data mining/data fusion and intelligence generation for the security sector gained over years of work on behalf of the UK and US Governments. Their track record in delivering complex critical intelligence-led decision systems make them a valuable partner in the BT Emblem team. LogicaCMG is an international force in IT services, systems integration and application management. HP designs and manufactures world class technology platforms and is one of the world’s largest IT Services companies. Anite is a leader in the field of software and services for the public sector, telecoms and travel industries. ARINC is a leader in aviation communications.
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