Thales2014-08-19 07:31:37

Thales has been awarded a new £3.8 million two-year contract to provide the Home Office with a fully-managed Public Key Infrastructure Shared Service (PKISS).

The solution, awarded through the PSN Services Framework, will include software application development and all aspects of services support to the Home Office - including service desk, event and incident management, change and release management, and a continual service improvement programme.

PKISS is critical to the Home Office's production of Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) cards in the UK. The BRP cards are required for all non-EU foreign nationals in order for them to stay in the UK over a pre-determined period. They form the basis of the owner's identification, immigration status and entitlements during their residence in the UK.

The PKISS system is used to provide encryption of the biometric and biographic data received from the Home Office to create the cards.

Thales has a proven history of delivering the PKISS service since 2008 and has similarly delivered extensive systems to governments around the world.

Phil Naybour, Vice President of Secure Communications and Information Systems at Thales UK, said: "Winning this contract is a great result for Thales. We have been delivering the PKISS service to the Home Office since 2008 and this contract award clearly demonstrates the customer's confidence in our solution and service support packages. This contract also shows Thales as a leading provider of PSN services where security is a critical element."

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