Trusted Borders, a consortium of companies led by Raytheon Systems Ltd. of the UK and including QinetiQ, has signed a contract with the UK Home Office to develop and implement the nation’s e-Borders project, an advanced border control and security programme. Work has already begun, building upon the country’s current pilot programme for border control and expanding it into a fully flexible, scalable and robust e-Borders capability within two years.

Ninety-five percent of the work will be carried out in the UK. The prime contractor for the consortium is Raytheon, which will be responsible for systems integration, travel services and overall project management. QinetiQ is responsible for security accreditation and human factors. The international defence and security technology company is a specialist in designing customer-facing processes and secure systems that comply with UK Government requirements.

Other supporting members of the Trusted Borders consortium are leaders in their respective fields who bring a strong record of performance and delivery to the e-Borders programme. They are: Serco – responsible for infrastructure and service management; Accenture – leading the training of end users of the system and helping to measure the overall business benefits of the programme; Detica – in control of intelligence and analytics services; Capgemini – responsible for the development of business; and Steria – responsible for the development of the Agency interfaces.