Our impact in the UK: Border security and beyond
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Leidos has a long-standing partnership with the UK government to deliver biometric tech and data integration systems. One of the projects where such expertise comes into play, is an ongoing €705 million digital transformation project that seeks to update the UK's border control infrastructure in preparation for Brexit. The goals for this large-scale revamp include improving travelers' experiences at the newly established border (and before), while providing more time for the government to make informed decisions about risk and public health.
“This project will change the perception that the border is just a line on the map, and will foster a move toward sharing passenger information electronically in advance," says Leidos UK CTO Simon Daykin. “The border process can now start at home, making the user experience easier and more transparent."
By providing advance information, passengers can move through crossing points more quickly. One of the ways they can cut down wait times is by confirming their identity via biometric data, such as iris scanning and facial recognition, throughout their trip. This data also enables authorities to better manage security risks prior to anyone's arrival on UK soil. Plus, when an entire passenger's journey can be shown via a consolidated data-stream, experts are better equipped to carry out quality health tracking — an advantage when dealing with a pandemic.
Border management encompasses much more than dealing with the millions of people crossing its borders, as many billions of pounds of goods enter the UK every month. That's why Leidos provides end-to-end border security solutions and services to the UK government, comprised of more than 50 applications and products.
Inspiring next generations
Initiatives like preparing for Brexit are just one of the ways Leidos is making an impact in the UK. Leidos also directly invests in young people and their communities as part of its efforts to make the world safer, healthier and more efficient.
In 2019, for example, Leidos employees interacted with more than 15,000 young people across the UK. They offered guidance and opportunities for professional development through workplace visits, skill sessions, workshops, career fairs, work experience, internships, mentorships, fundraising and sponsorships.
For instance, Leidos employees personally help individuals through the Career Ready program, which opens doors for underprivileged young people by connecting them with UK employers. Eighty-three percent of students who participated in Career Ready say it raised their aspirations, and 98% have progressed to either continued study or work opportunities. Some Career Ready participants have even joined Leidos as new colleagues.