3 ways the Transport Technology framework benefits public services
Transport Technology & Associated Services is a new framework replacing Traffic Management Technology 2 in 2021. How will it benefit citizens who use services in the UK?
The Crown Commercial Service traffic technology framework, full name Transport Technology & Associated Services, is finally coming in Spring 2021. It’s had some changes along the way, as supplier engagement has led to CCS rewriting their plans.
It was originally planned as Traffic Management Technology 3 (a third iteration of the Traffic Management Technology frameworks put out by CCS). It was also touted as a Smart Cities framework back in 2019 too!
Since then, CCS have finally decided on Transport Technology & Associated Services. Largely due to the great amounts of supplier engagement and feedback from those that will use it. So now as we approach Spring 2021, when we’re expecting the framework, we finally have an idea of what will be in scope. But how does the transport technology included benefit the public sector and its services?
Here are just three ways!
It promotes tackling climate change
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that there will be a focus on how to lower emissions with new technology. The UK government are committed to lowering carbon emissions overall, and transport technology is a big contributor. So, within the scope of the framework, we’re going to be seeing a focus on green technology.
In fact, the proposed Lot 5 (subject to change) is entirely for Sustainable Transport Technologies. Including environmental monitoring systems and sustainable transport infrastructure.
Alongside this, large frameworks like this have Social Value criteria to meet. To win a place on the framework, suppliers have to show they’re working towards or contributing to environmental change.
The Traffic Technology framework aims to provide a connected transport system
There’s a big emphasis on the tech put in place being focussed around data. A lot of the potential provisions under the Transport Technology & Associated Services framework are monitoring and data systems.
This isn’t just because of ‘big data’. It’s so that transport habits, outputs and uses can be monitored closely and effectively. Thus bringing in a connected overall infrastructure, linked together by databases.
We used to see the terms IoT and Smart Technology thrown around a lot more when conversations about the framework took place. Although this tech is still involved in some way, it seems that CCS have moved away from these buzz words. This is as per supplier and buyer feedback. They seem to have looked at the reality of what can be procured and used to benefit the UK’s services.
Also, this links heavily with are first point. Better connectivity and monitoring of transport technology services means more eyes on the environmental effects. To make sure targets are being met in the government’s plans, these systems will need to be in place to watch how it’s going.
Fairer procurement for transport tech
This one might not directly impact citizens, but it is important. Frameworks such as Transport Technology & Associated Services are there to provide a fairer, compliant route to market. Suppliers on the framework are checked over and enabled to do business with public sector buyers.
This doesn’t just mean big companies get listed too. The public sector encourage SMEs to get involved and apply to get listed too if they can meet the criteria.
When buyers know to look to the framework for their procurement of transport technology – the process can be slim-lined and made fairer.
So there you go, three ways the TTAS framework will benefit the public sector and its services. It’s definitely one we’ve been looking forward to for a while now!