Scottish IoT DPS FAQs
The Scottish IoT Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) is one of the new kids on the block. Here, we’ve broken down some of the most commonly asked questions about the DPS.
What is the Scottish IoT DPS?
The IoT DPS comes after Scotland’s pledge to utilise the power of IoT. This comes after the Scottish Government’s launch of a £6 million programme in 2018 to set up a long-range wide area network to support IoT applications.
On top of this, the DPS has been launched because of how IoT allows for both data collection and exchange. So, there’s a lot of value for a public sector organisation turning to IoT! They can also benefit from these systems by using the data to inform their decisions when looking at how they can provide their services.
When is the DPS coming out?
The DPS is due to run for a period of 24 months at least, from August 2019 till August 2021.
What do the Lots look like?
Unlike some agreements, they have decided not to separate the scope into Lots. This gives it a greater range of tech that can be sold within it, including both software and hardware.
The DPS will include, but not be limited to:
- device management
- data management
- subscription and connectivity management
- application enablement and management
- IoT enablement (advice) and implementation services
- IoT related hardware, for example, sensors
Are the Lots capped?
There is no cap for this contract – which is great news for suppliers. As it is a DPS, there is no limit to the number of those who can join, and suppliers can be added at any point during the life of the contract. However, suppliers must be able to meet the criteria specified.
What’s the application like?
To get on to the DPS suppliers must meet certain thresholds. Some of these include technology and professional requirements include having a Cyber Security accreditation, such as Cyber Essentials or ISO27001. As well as this, suppliers must have at least 12 months experience delivering the types of service and technologies they wish to list.
Suppliers also must show that they have a good economic and financial standing and provide the necessary financial detail such as liability insurances and tax reference numbers.
What are the award criteria for the DPS?
The award criteria are broken down into two sections: Technical and Price. With Technical being the most important section, being weighted between 40-80%, and Price being weighted between 20-60%. As we said before, the Scottish IoT DPS isn’t capped, so as long as supplirs can meet the requirements specified and clearly, the should be fine.