US and Europe’s Cyber Readiness Numbers Stall as Cyberattack Numbers Soar

9 Jan 2020
Cyber insurance providing company, Hiscox, has produced a report on the number of cyberattacks that are growing across several verticals in the US and Europe, which have both seen a sharp surge. Cyber readiness, it finds, has come to a halt. The survey included nearly 5,400 private and public...

Measuring sustainability down the construction supply chain – the PQQ

9 Jan 2020
An article on LocalGov, from the University of Surrey, explores whether the PQQ can be considered a valuable tool for managing sustainability in the supply chain. It considers sustainability data captured down the supply chain, from public and private sector clients down to raw material suppliers....

EU group offers guidance on meeting MDR’s cybersecurity standards

9 Jan 2020
The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group has published guidance on preparing manufacturers to meet both premarket and postmarket cybersecurity requirements under the EU’s new medical device regulations. Among the updates in the regulatory overhaul are new safety requirements...

Implementing robotics and RPA in the public sector

12 Dec 2019
Experts from Convedo tell Consultancy.uk how RPA can benefit the public sector. Because government departmental work requires a high level of non-strategic tasks like data entry, data collection, validation, and repetitive consolidation-type processes, automation, in the shape RPA, could rectify...

Report showcases public sector AI use cases

12 Dec 2019
The OECD’s Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) in Paris has released a report of 50 countries surveyed about their use of AI to enhance public sector work. It found that 36 have, or plan to have, public sector AI strategies that will allow AI to be integrated into policy-making and...

Could AR/VR augment the public sector?

12 Dec 2019
Established three years ago with the backing of Innovate UK, Immerse UK is the primary industry body for the immersive technology sector. Its aim is to support growth and innovation throughout the immersive tech world – which includes products such as augmented reality and virtual reality...

Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years

24 Oct 2019
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in four years. In fact global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years. “The appetite of...

Five bold public contracting reforms to improve public services in five cities

17 Oct 2019
Five teams of public contracting reformers from Buenos Aires, Ecuador, Mexico City, Moldova, and New Orleans have been selected to participate in the inaugural Lift impact programme, the Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) and social impact firm Reboot. The year-long support programme is designed...

Navigating the Waste and Recycling Services Market

3 Oct 2019
Local Authorities (in the UK and elsewhere) will be looking to procure more waste and recycling services in the next few years as tighter regulations come into play. In the UK alone, DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) will be setting harder resources and waste strategy...