JSaRC Update – 15 December 2021

Published on 15 December 2021

End of Year Message from Head of JSaRC
As many of you will remember, last Christmas I addressed the challenges and unprecedented nature of 2020. Covid-19 has caused untold disruption to many of our lives and our work, and for many of us the challenge has continued well into 2021.

Against this backdrop, I’d like to take this opportunity to recognise our collective resilience within this sector. As a group, we are inherently resilient, and I have seen colleagues continue to meet new and difficult challenges whilst thriving personally and within your businesses. Indeed, this is highlighted by the recent export statistics which showed Security to be moving forwards at an excellent pace. This sort of drive and perseverance to succeed within such challenging times, is what makes this a great sector to work within.

Since the start of 2021, JSaRC has sustained our evolution by expanding our remit and engagement with this sector. Working closely within the Security and Resilience Growth Partnership (SRGP) with the Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC) and Academic RiSC, JSaRC has strived to embed prosperity across the Department and address the four pillars of the Mobilise for Security Strategy, namely Procurement, Innovation, Exports and Skills.

As we look ahead to 2022, I would like to draw your attention to the many exciting projects JSaRC will be undertaking. In particular, the Security & Policing event from 15-17 March 2022. As hosts, JSaRC is aiming to deliver our most ambitious event yet and to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the show. Our ever-popular immersive experiences will be over four separate floorspaces, encompassing a single narrative across four technology areas – it is not something you will want to miss!

As I sign off for a Christmas break, I would like to wish you all the best for 2022 and I look forward to seeing you all in Farnborough during March.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               – Angela Essel


JSaRC ran successful Biometric Self-Enrolment Feasibility Trials with the Home Office Biometrics Programme and the Border Security and Identity Policy Unit
The Home Office is looking to transform the experience of our Migration and Borders customers, without compromising security.

As part of this, from 29 November to 3 December, we held feasibility trials in Manchester, with almost 550 members of the public and 15 suppliers from SMEs and larger organisations.

The purpose of these trials was to assess cutting edge, world-leading technology to self-enrol face and fingerprints biometrics, using smartphones and self-service kiosks. Look out for further updates as this exciting work progresses.


Home Office Announces Industry Engagement Activity on Small Boats
The Home Office will be holding a Maritime Capability (Small Boats CCTC) Industry Event on 27 January 2022 (10am-12pm).

The purpose of the event is to present to the market the Home Office’s key operational challenges in securing the UK border in the English Channel from migrants in small boats and to seek; industry insight and expertise to solve these challenges; and to gain an understanding of experiences elsewhere in the world.

For more information, including application details, please visit this page.


2025 Border Strategy: Invitation for industry to submit their interest in a pilot of the Ecosystem of Trust
Following the publication of the 2025 UK Border Strategy last December, Government are now looking to pilot the concept of an Ecosystem of Trust as set out in transformation 4. This concept looks to utilise technology, data and trusted relationships to improve flow at the border and better target checks.

In order to run an end to end pilot, the team are looking for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from; Technology providers, ports, terminals, logistics companies, academics and carriers. The EOI process is now live and you can find out how to apply here.

The closing date for submitting your interest is the 31 January 2022. If you have any questions please contact: border.innovation@cabinetoffice.gov.uk


Set aside an hour on 18 January for an exciting webinar with DASA and CPNI
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is pleased to provide an opportunity to discover the work of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI). This webinar will provide an opportunity to find out more about CPNI’s science and technology priorities, providing suppliers with guidance on topics that may be relevant to the Security Rapid Impact Innovations competition and will include a Q&A session with CPNI themselves. Find out more here. Registration closes at 6pm on 14 January.


DASA Security Rapid Impact Open call is open for submissions
The call seeks ideas that could enhance UK security and is related to one or more of the following government departments; Home Office,          Department for Transport (DfT),Other Government Security Departments. For more information please visit this page



Counter Terrorism Policing Launches Winter Vigilance campaign
Off out Christmas shopping? Stay alert & if you see something that doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts & report confidentially online at gov.uk/ACT. To access the Toolkit for Business partners, please visit this website. #CommunitiesDefeatTerrorism https://www.counterterrorism.police.uk/2021cdttoolkitbusiness/


Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC) Appoints New Chair
Dame Julie Kenny is to be appointed as the next Chair of RISC, succeeding Sir Kevin Tebbit from 1 January 2022. The appointment was made jointly by the three founding trade associations of RISC: ADS, British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and TechUK and will run for two years.

Damian Hinds MP, Security Minister, said: “I would like to offer my personal thanks to Sir Kevin for his contribution and leadership, ensuring that RISC is recognised across government as a true partner in delivering on national security challenges. I welcome Dame Julie Kenny to her new role and I look forward to working together in partnership to deliver significant outcomes for both industry and government.” JSaRC would like to add their thanks to the kind words of the Security Minister and praise Sir Kevin for his stalwart leadership as the Chair of RISC. We look forward to continuing this partnership with Dame Julie. For more information on this appointment, please read the full press release, here.