The Home Office Biometrics (HOB) Programme is looking for a digital partner to design and operate the biometric performance test environment, biometric development environment, and pipeline of its biometric projects and associated initiatives.The Home Office has existing biometrics systems whose contracts come to an end in 2019. The HOB programme aims to evolve these systems to provide continuity beyond 2019 and enhance their capability through a number of phases.The HOB programme is focused on ensuring continuation and enhancement of the Home Office's national biometric services. These manage unique, digitised and biometrically verified identities. The biometric modes currently employed are fingerprint, face & DNA.This £4.9m procurement, detailed on the Digital Marketplace, will support the HOB Programme's evolution of its systems and services, including biometric interfaces and service integration. It will also provide the development capability for the programme to deliver robust and resilient solutions to meet the user requirements.The chosen supplier will provide biometric specialist input to the specification of biometric services, workflows and product selections across front end equipment, workflows, biometric matcher software and bureau operations. It will also be responsible for providing technical biometric specialist input to the requirements, design, procurement and delivery of biometric solutions as well for ensuring the integration of the biometric services during delivery.The budget range is in the region of £4.9m with an expected contract length of 24 months.The approach including the technology road map was first briefed to potential suppliers at a HOB supplier day over two years ago in April 2016. No specific engagement with suppliers has been undertaken for this procurement, however, though a supplier event will be held to brief all shortlisted suppliers.The HO Biometrics Strategy sets out how the Home Office and its partners currently use biometrics data and how we will approach all future developments.The strategy aims to:Deliver biometric services designed to be shared and re-used ensuring privacy is addressed in their design and development.Make it possible to integrate different Home Office fingerprint services to streamline processes and produce quicker, cheaper and more accurate responses for immigration and policing purposes.Improve the automation of fingerprint enrolment at visa application centres to fix and verify identities of foreign nationals applying for visas to come to the UK.Enable more efficient review and automatic deletion of custody images by linking. them to conviction status, more closely replicating the arrangements for fingerprints and DNA.Consider the case for sharing and matching of facial images held by the Home Office sector and those of other Government Departments.