Innovating Visitor Management with JSaRC and HMPPS

Solution to be Shown at Security & Policing Home Office Event 2019

Tascent is pleased to report the successful completion of our biometrically-enabled Visitor Access Control Pilot for HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) in the UK. Supported by the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) and running from mid-December over the busy festive period through to late January, the Pilot assessed the feasibility of implementing biometric security in the UK prison environment, along with the potential value that it could bring – and came up with some very positive results.

With a specific site selected by MOJ, Tascent InSight One was deployed at the prison’s Visitor Registration center for enrollment as well as within the Prison estate to manage visitor entry and exit from secure areas. The solution relied primarily on iris recognition due to its high degree of accuracy, speed, and robustness. InSight One captured visitors’ biometrics in just a few seconds, and the devices proved to be effective at capturing tall and short subjects alike, including wheelchair users.

Enabled by Tascent Enterprise Suite and NEC Corporation‘s top-performing iris matching algorithm and combined with robust identity checks routinely performed by HMPPS for every visitor, this Pilot delivered a multimodal biometric identity record for visitors that could set a new standard for next-generation prison security and visitor management more broadly.

While today, visitors’ identities are manually checked at multiple points during a visit, in the future, it is conceivable that biometric identity could become a single token, facilitating a dramatically improved visitor experience while providing enhanced security and efficiency.

The successful Pilot has pointed to a number of potential business benefits which a production rollout might yield.  These include:

  • Faster registrations and improved efficiencies from fewer document checks, which would benefit both visitors and HMPPS staff alike.
  • Robust biometric checks, which would support Prison Officers in their weighty responsibility to ensure prison safety and security.
  • Automated visitor counts and correlations, which would provide further streamlining.

The outcome would be a safer, smoother visit experience for all.

Head of The Joint Security and Resilience Centre, Shaun Hipgrave said “The HMPPS Prison Visitor Verification trials will not only enable HM Prisons and wider police to protect our society more effectively from organised crime and threats, but the trials will also support the growth and development of the UK security solutions which has a rich history of innovation and skill.

“The technology providers are seeking to understand how their equipment works best in an operational environment. These trials help focus product design in a way that is not achievable through other means and enable far more development in a much shorter period of time.

“Other parts of Government support the early steps necessary to bring innovative technologies to market through testing and evaluation programmes.  All the cutting-edge products deployed in the trials have undergone deep evaluation to establish their identity verification and ease of use for HMP staff.”

Tascent is truly excited to continue to support MOJ and HMPPS in their ongoing assessment of biometric identity technologies. We will be demonstrating the visitor management solution in conjunction with JSaRC in its Live Immersive Feature at the upcoming Security & Policing Home Office Event 2019, 5-7 March, 2019. See more at and contact us at if you’d like to arrange a visit.

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