The IT industry has until 9 November to comment on the technical feasibility of the government's plans for a national identity card.
The Home Office has produced a downloadable document, “The Market Sounding Questionnaire” which asks for feedback on data centre services, identity record creation, verification, card services, secure user access, biometric recording and matching.
The questionnaire asks potential suppliers to predict how biometric technology will evolve over the next two to five years, and their ability to host the data centres required by the scheme.
Nick Kalisperas, public sector director of Intellect welcomed publication of the questionnaire. "This is exactly the kind of approach industry has been asking for. The ID Cards project will only be a success if industry and government have a complete understanding of the proposed scheme's requirements, objectives and goals,” he said
“Only through a comprehensive understanding of the industry, its capacity and its capabilities will the Government be in a position to develop an ID Card scheme capable of delivering on its promises to citizens."