Capita secures £3.1m contract with Border Force to ‘digitise the seas’

Capita plc has been awarded a three-year contract worth £3.1m over three years to supply, install and support secure 4G mobile and satellite voice and data communications to the UK Government’s Border Force.

The Border Force patrols UK maritime boarders and responds to at-sea security threats, including smuggling of contraband, human trafficking and clandestine crossings. The force has a number of sea-going vessels, including five cutters.

Capita’s hybrid maritime connectivity service will enable the Border Force’s cutters to connect to Home Office systems while at sea. Using a combination of global satellite and 4G roaming, the service will provide 100 percent coverage across UK and European waters. This will be done over a secure and resilient network.

The Capita service is designed for the Border Force’s five cutters. It will provide a scalable platform to support future Border Force requirements, including remote system and engine diagnostics, vessel tracking and live video streaming.

Mark Cook, Executive Officer of Capita’s Technology Solutions division, said, “This contract showcases our ability to build and deliver complex, bespoke and innovative solutions to our clients. It also demonstrates the strength of technology partnerships we have across all types of communications including mobile and satellite.”