Our new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) offers public sector customers a direct route to AI services in an emerging market.

Published 25 September 2020

Last updated 25 September 2020

Across many organisations within the public sector, customers are looking to embrace change and future-proof their business by implementing AI technologies. These emerging technologies offer a number of benefits to customers such as helping to better manage and use data, make public services more accessible, and improve diagnosis in healthcare. 

As the UK’s largest public procurement organisation, we have the ability to offer you access to cutting edge technologies – giving you the power to transform your digital services. By working collaboratively alongside The Office of Artificial Intelligence, we are pleased to announce that our new Artificial Intelligence DPS is now live. 

If your organisation is new to AI, you will be able to buy services through a discovery phase, to get an understanding of how you could benefit from AI could benefit you organisation. If you  already have experience of using AI, you can buy licensing, customisation and support directly from suppliers. If you’re looking for both of those things, you will have access to end-to-end partnerships.

Ethical development of AI and true innovation across the public sector has also been taken into account when developing this DPS, providing opportunities to accelerate the adoption of new technologies within government, and improve services for citizens throughout the UK.

This DPS provides an opportunity for suppliers, including startups and SMEs to look at what a department wants in an AI solution, find out how they can meet those requirements, and join the DPS throughout the agreement duration. This will be of particular benefit to the health sector, where an AI technology needs to meet regulatory approvals such as clinical safety and efficacy data towards a CE marking. Health and care bodies can also ask their approved suppliers to join this DPS.

CCS Technology Director, Patrick Nolan:

“Artificial Intelligence offers exciting opportunities to modernise public services, raise productivity and increase efficiency. This will ultimately save the taxpayer money, help to build a skilled workforce and create better public services.

“This new agreement will enable the public sector to access the latest in AI technology, including access to technology for medical screening and diagnosis, chatbots to drive up the quality of customer experience, and virtual assistants.”

Digital Minister, Caroline Dinenage:

“The UK is a leader in emerging technologies and I am pleased our AI procurement guidelines helped shape the Crown Commercial Service’s new system which will address ethical considerations when organisations buy artificial intelligence services for use in the public sector.

“The tool aims to boost safe and fair innovation alongside improved public services to people up and down the country.”

Let us add power to your procurement. If you would like to find out more about our new AI DPS, you can visit our website or join our customer webinar on 27 October at 10:30am to learn more from our experts – register here.

Or, to speak to a member of our team, please complete our online form quoting ‘Artificial Intelligence’ or call us on 0345 410 22222.