World’s first EU-compliant office suite launched

21 Feb 2020
Global supplier of IT-infrastructure cloud services, City Network, has launched Compliant Office, an office collaboration and productivity tool with built-in regulatory compliance. It includes e-mail, team chat, calendars and documents, and is based in and operated in Europe and governed solely...

Public sector buying organisation launches first drone framework

13 Feb 2020
A public sector drone framework has been launched by YPO, one of the UK’s largest public sector buying and procurement organisations. The new Drones and Associated Products and Services framework has been designed for the emergency service and the wider public sector. YPO was approached by the...

Open contracting and the EU in 2020: What to expect

30 Jan 2020
Open Contracting Partnership expects 2020 to be a year of great strides towards opening up public procurement across the EU. “Even a slight shift of 1% in efficiency would save the EU around EUR 20 billion per year,” it says. The European Commission (and member states) will be laying out a...

AI Award for faster tech use in the UK NHS

30 Jan 2020
The UK government has announced a £140m artificial intelligence (AI) award to be supported by the National Health Service (NHS) AI Lab to fast track testing and adoption of the most promising tools by the NHS. “The Department of Health and Social Care is expected to invite applications for the...

The UK government has developed an AI playbook

30 Jan 2020
The UK government has developed an AI playbook to help public sector decision-makers understand and deploy artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. It is has been produced by the Office for Artificial Intelligence (OAI) and the Government Digital Service (GDS). The guide offers advice to public...

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...