Some project highlights

Here is an introduction to our work, followed by some highlights of recent JSaRC facilitated projects...

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The COVID-19 pandemic – Managing Offers of Help

To assist with the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, JSaRC has helped to facilitate a drive to capture offers of help from industry, managing over 260 enquiries from across industry and academia.

The wide variety of offers received by the Home Office included measures to assist with innovative solutions, as well as facilities management, logistics and supply of personal protection equipment (PPE) and hand sanitiser.

GOLD Command Team

Working closely with COVID–19 GOLD command team, urgent front line requirements were captured from across the Home Office including, Border Force; Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO); UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI); and Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Systems (BICS). JSaRC then assessed the requirements and matched them to the responses from industry.

A cross-government process was established, with the Cabinet Office centrally dealing with over 9,000 offers. JSaRC provided support to the Cabinet Office by directing enquiries from industry and academia towards relevant government portals and departments and, via its regular JSaRC Updates for subscribers, provided signposts and guidance on the most appropriate channels to follow.

Government portal

A portal is now being run by the Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Services allowing suppliers to register their capabilities. This enables government and public sector buyers to search for any equipment and services they require.

The portal can be found here

The Increasing need for Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS)

In December 2018, the illegal use of drones shut down Gatwick airport, creating a serious threat to the safety of travellers and the general public. This disrupted infrastructure and caused significant inconvenience to thousands of holiday-makers and business travellers.

Although drones are by no means always put to illegal use, this incident demonstrated just how important the development of an effective Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) solution has become when they are used as a tool for criminal activities.

A joined-up approach to counter-drone strategy

Since this incident, JSaRC has been instrumental in helping to stimulate counter-drone industry engagement across all technologies. These areas include developing systems for detecting, tracking, identification and the disruption of all forms of unmanned aerial systems.

More can be found on the drone industry and the government’s approach to dealing with the threat of malicious use of drones, here.

Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS)

Aviation remains a ‘totemic’ target for terrorist activity and will always be at the top of the security agenda. This Home Office (HO) / Department for Transport (DfT) programme is designed to stimulate innovative solutions for the future.

JSaRC’s role is to facilitate cross-industry coordination through the organisation of a series of workshops and events. The team also assists with the arrangement of testing and trials of new solutions; for example, the facilitation of shoe-screening testing at Luton airport.

Promoting innovation in science and technology

The FASS programme will invest £25.5m over the next 5 years to promote innovation in science and technology. Working with the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), FASS funds research via themed competitions and the ‘Open Call for Innovation’. To date, the programme has committed more than £7m of funding to 67 research projects across 7 competitions.

You can find out more about the FASS programme in this case study.

Full details along with contact details for the government’s FASS programme are found here.

Digital Border Systems

The Home Office’s Borders, Immigration and Citizenship System, which incorporates UK Border Force, is responsible for securing our borders. There remain, however, a range of important challenges influenced – until recently – by ever-increasing footfall through our ports and airports. These challenges have highlighted the need to achieve a more cohesive digitally connected pre-entry system to cope with future demands.

To help facilitate this, JSaRC hosted a round-table event with senior leaders from the private sector to capture views on how a future system could look.

Outputs from this round-table will help to shape a programme of work, allowing further assessment and requirements to be collated from key stakeholders to achieve a more integrated, digitally connected, pre-entry system that will stand the test of time.

 A unified way forward

JSaRC’s role was to analyse the current situation and to establish a range of requirements for agreement by the working group partnership, defining a clear and unified way forward.

Scoping and defining requirements in this way will provide the basis for a coordinated foundation upon which formal plans and specifications can be established. This means that the many disparate stakeholders, suppliers and procurement professionals can work together to achieve satisfactorily joined-up digital solutions working with common objectives in mind.

Security Exports and International Engagement

The UK has significant expertise in the security sector and is a strong contender for winning export contracts overseas.

JSaRC currently represents the Home Office and our Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT), in support of the Department of International Trade’s UK Defence and Security Exports’ (DIT UKDSE) implementation of their revised security exports strategy.

JSaRC represents the Home Office at the cross-government and industry security export strategy implementation steering group, and preparing briefings and attending officials’ meetings on behalf of the Security Minister.

Co-ordinating Briefings

We coordinate briefings (liaising with industry and UKDSE) on private sector capability and security exports in advance of Ministerial and senior officials’ overseas visits. JSaRC proactively works with industry and DIT UKDSE to coordinate international engagement to promote security-related exports.

Defence and Security Industrial Strategy (DSIS)

Part of JSaRC’s remit is to capture valuable views and feedback from Industry and Academia for consideration within the formulation of the UK’s Defence and Security Industrial Strategy (DSIS).

The Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC) has highlighted the following as the four main focus areas for the industry:

– Procurement

– Innovation

– Skills

– Exports

With this in mind, JSaRC has been engaged in capturing views from industry and academia on these cross-cutting issues through a series of virtual round-tables.

An initial round-table on the ‘Skills’ issue will be followed closely by consideration of ‘Procurement’.

A round-table on ‘Innovation’ was held on 3 June, in conjunction with the National Security Technology and Innovation Exchange (NSTIx) and RISC.

‘Exports’ are supported both by the Security and Policing Exhibition and JSaRC’s continuing support for DIT and DSO in the implementation of their revised security exports strategy and in delivering a coordinated approach and message.

JSaRC continues to communicate regularly with DSIS to ensure that all work is coordinated in line with existing and future planning.

The Security and Policing Exhibition, Farnborough

The Home Office’s Security and Policing Exhibition is managed by JSaRC along with delivery partners, ADS and DODS. This yearly event features a wide range of security solutions and has become an important fixture in the diary of both industry suppliers and public-sector procurement decision-makers alike.

The exhibition allows the government to deliver security and law enforcement priorities through the effective application of science, innovation and technology available from industry and academia. It supports the government’s strategies on countering terrorism, serious and organised crime, policing, national security, prosperity and economic growth.

Increase in exhibitor and visitor attendance

The 2020 event took place on 3-5 March and, despite challenges created by the emergence of COVID-19, 323 companies exhibited, representing an increase on last year. There were 3,092 visitors across the three-day event, which was also an increase on 2019, indicating that confidence is still high for the event.

To illustrate the event’s support to the UK’s export activities for security solutions, 445 international visitors attended from 69 countries.

Planning is underway for next year’s event, Security and Policing 2021 – with considerations for COVID-19 allowances currently in discussion.

Engaging with JSaRC

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JSaRC has a number of principal mechanisms through which we engage with our stakeholders, partners and supporters.

These include events run and organised by JSaRC to support specific projects, programmes and exhibitions such as the Security & Policing Home Office Event,  the International Security Expo and IFSEC International.

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