Is it worth it?
The projects own accounting officer said
Cost: £198.2 million
Benefits: £106.3 million + £8.6 million + £65.4 million = £180.3 million
Overall benefit seems only to be as a method of lining BAE pockets
UK aerospace and defence company BAE Systems has won a £38 million ($45.7 million) contract for "an advanced, highly capable analytics and targeting system" for intelligence officers at the nation's borders. Dubbed the Cerberus project, the Home Office plan has a whole-life cost of nearly £200 million ($241 million) and has …
Whilst the disparity in the cost/benefit figures might question the value-for-money to the Government, it does not imply that it will "line the pockets" of BAE Systems.
The projected benefits are not to costs incurred by BAE Systems so subtracting the two figures tells you nothing about the benefit/loss to BAE Systems.
It is not entirely clear (in the article) whether the accounting base for "whole life cost" and the benefits are the same (for example the benefits might be only those accrued over a shorter period).
Why award such a tech and data heavy contract to an old fashioned industrial supplier? Surely a tech industry player would do a far better job.
No doubt it will be a waterfall-driven, silo'ed sub-contractor (with reduced visibility) led project of mismanaged requirements, insane beaurcracy and many years passing before development even commences. The same problems these traditional supplier projects suffer every single time, and every time the government says they'll learn, but as this shows, they don't!
This all just reeks of old fashioned procurement processes by the usual group of cosied up suppliers whose executives have shared many a fancy meal with the right politicians.
YAWN - Yet Another Waste Now programme, meh.
All we care is will ALL the damn e-Gates at the stupid airport work at all hours so we don't have to talk to Border FArce staff??? Landing at 0530 and finding the gates closed with a student at the head of the queue with their visa paperwork for first time entry and the @£$%^&* gates closed is pathetic