The public sector and the Internet of Things. Could 2019 be the year when smart networks really take off in Scotland?


Jack Anderson, Head of Digital & Innovation at Capita

At the beginning of July the Scottish Government’s procurement and commercial directorate invited suppliers of Internet of Things (IoT) products and services to join a new purchasing framework.

Released without fanfare, the ‘Dynamic Purchasing System’ (DPS) has the potential to revolutionise how public sector bodies deliver their services to citizens across the country who are soon likely to start feeling real benefits from a wave of ‘smart networks’. If you have an Amazon Echo Dot or Google Assistant in your home, you are already a consumer of internet-connected smart services, so you may not be surprised to know that the public sector is extremely interested in delivering its services to citizens via these direct data interfaces. The question is very much not ‘if’ but ‘when’, and the creation of the Scottish Government’s DPS is a crucial stepping stone towards IoT-enabled public services. 

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