As part of its Government Technology and Innovation Strategy for using new technologies in public services, with emphasis on building skills, promoting innovation and harnessing data, the UK government has launched Spark: The Technology Innovation Marketplace. This is the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) new public sector procurement framework for emerging technologies. It covers products and services outside the range of other frameworks, including the internet of things (IoT), AI, automation, simulated environments, wearables and security technology. As a dynamic purchasing system, new suppliers can join at any time and the government expects 70% of spend through the system to go to SMEs. Read more details in UKAuthority.

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