Vysiion Wins Network Upgrade Works

Vysiion have successfully secured a four year contract with Electricity North West to supply and support ABB multiplexors as part of a network expansion and upgrade.

The project will replace some legacy devices and bring all the network into the FoxMan management platform. A consequence of the new features within the products allows ENW to commence a migration onto MPLS-TP whilst maintaining the legacy and extremely deterministic SDH platform used for the operational traffic.

Michael Grimshaw Sales Manager for Vysiion says “This is an interesting contract for Vysiion to support ENW as a customer in their very innovative migration project that will modernise their network whilst maintaining the high integrity of service.”

Vysiion as the leading system integrator in the Power and Utilities Business has successfully deployed this solution across multiple DNOs and on renewable projects across the UK and into Europe.  For more details visit https://www.vysiion.co.uk/news/

Vysiion are exhibiting at digitech19, the technology and procurement event for the public sector, come along and meet them.  For full details visit https://www.digitech19.co.uk/

Crown Commercial Speakers at digitech19

We are delighted to confirm that Crown Commercial Service will be covering the following subjects/themes at digitech19:

  • Digital capability
  • Technology procurement made simple
  • Dealing with key suppliers
  • Cyber and security

Speakers from Crown Commercial Service will include: Emilia Cedeno, Category Manager – Digital; Peter Kirwan, Deputy Director – Technology Products and Services; Sal Uddin, Category Director – Software and Cyber Security.

Featuring a plenary panel and Q&A, two seminar theatres hosting a series of case-study based presentations, a large exhibition of public and private sector solution providers and dedicated networking and refreshment areas, digitech19 is for all public sector technology and procurement professionals and attendance is free ( please note there is a charge for those who are not employed by a public sector organisation).

For full details please visit the agenda and speaker pages of the event website: https://www.digitech19.co.uk/

Ian Phoenix of NHS Digital to speak at digitech19

We are delighted to welcome Ian Phoenix, Director of Citizen Health Technology, NHS Digital as a plenary speaker at digitech19, the technology and procurement showcase for the public sector. He joins a panel of expert speakers from Government Digital Service, Crown Commercial Service, Socitm, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, techUK and Difrent.The plenary session will comprise a brief presentation from each speaker followed by a debate on the technology challenges and issues facing public sector professionals and their organisations, with insights and suggestions for solutions based on case studies and what promises to be a lively Q&A with the delegates.

For more details visit https://www.digitech19.co.uk/

Updated Service Standard announced for government services

Government Digital Service have announced today, via their blog, an updated Service Standard for government services. The Service Standard helps teams to create and run great public services.

All public facing transactional services must meet the standard, which is used by departments and the Government Digital Service to check whether a service is good enough for public use.

The new Service Standard, which comes in to force at the end of June 2019:

1 Understand users and their needs
2 Solve a whole problem for users
3 Provide a joined up experience across all channels
4 Make the service simple to use
5 Make sure everyone can use the service
6 Have a multi-disciplinary team
7 Use agile ways of working
8 Iterate and improve frequently
9 Create a secure service which protects users’ privacy
10 Define what success looks like and publish performance data
11 Choose the right tools and technology
12 Make new source code open
13 Use and contribute to common standards, components and patterns
14 Operate a reliable service

To read more details and the full post please visit Government Digital Service’s website.

Government Digital Service are event supporters of digitech19, with Fiona Deans, Chief Operating Officer, speaking in the opening plenary session

Government starts to accept payment through Apple and Google Pay for online services

Published 7 May 2019

Disclosure and Barring Service

Basic check applicants that apply directly to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) are now able to pay for their check using Apple or Google Pay.

The introduction of this option will make the process easier and more secure for users, as transactions can be approved with fingerprints or facial recognition.

Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden, said:

“We’re focused on making access to government services as easy as possible and introducing mobile payment to ​GOV.UK Pay​ will also make transactions more secure.”

“This is another good example of how we are working smarter as a government, improving services for people, as well as reducing fraud and costs.”

DBS’ online basic check service was one of the first to trial Apple and Google Pay alongside three other services, which are detailed in the Cabinet Office’s press release, here.

Lead product manager for GOV.UK Pay, Till Worth, said:

“Allowing people to pay for Government services through Apple Pay and Google Pay ​means they won’t have to enter their credit or debit card information when making payments. ​This innovation will increase the convenience and security of ​GOV.UK Pay​ for users and hopefully make their experience online a lot easier.”

To view the full press release from Disclosure and Barring Service please visit the website.

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NHS Digital welcomes RCGP tech manifesto

News from NHS Digital website:

NHS Digital has welcomed the publishing of the Royal College  of GP’s tech manifesto today.

Wendy Clark, Executive Director of Product Development at NHS Digital, said: “We welcome the RCGP’s tech manifesto and support its key messages. Our strong working relationship with the RCGP and other royal colleges is absolutely crucial to us in delivering the technology that GP practices need and deserve.

“NHS Digital has a shared passion for realising the potential of digital transformation, and we are enthusiastic about working together to deliver the manifesto.”

Nic Fox, NHS Digital’s Director of Primary Care Technology, said: “NHS Digital will continue to be at the forefront of supporting the digital modernisation in GP practices, which will be of huge benefit to doctors and their patients.

“Practices need systems that are modern, resilient, support efficient working, and are truly interoperable.

“The GP IT Futures framework which will be available from later this year will put in place standards that will greatly improve the seamless sharing of patient information between care setting, which will free up valuable clinical time for patient care and ensure that critical information is available to clinicians.

“It will provide General Practice with a real choice of systems and make switching, or adding new digital products to their existing estates, more simple.”

“We understand the absolute importance of systems that are reliable and resilient – it’s something the NHS has achieved at the centre with systems like Spine and the Summary Care Record, and this will continue to be a key feature of the new GP IT Framework to ensure GP systems are robust and performant.

“GPs need systems that are data-rich so they have the full picture on their patients’ interactions with secondary, community and social care. They need data flowing easily from monitoring devices that comes to them in a format that is practical and useful, not more burdensome.

For more details please visit NHS Digital’s website.

IWFM at GovBuild&FM19

We are delighted to welcome Chris Moriarty, Director of Insight and Engagement at IWFM (Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management) as the plenary Chair at GovBuild&FM19.  The IWFM is a community of over 17,000 workplace and facilities management professionals. They share best practice and knowledge with the profession and support their members’ professional development through internationally recognised, regulated qualifications, short courses and training.

Chris will Chair the opening panel debate and audience Q&A with panel members from Office of Government Property, NHS Improvement, Department for Education, Local Government Association and more. GovBuild&FM19 takes place on Thursday 5th September 2019 at Manchester Central.

Welcome to speaker Danny Payne, CEO, FCO Services

Danny Payne, CEO of FCO Services will be in the plenary session of digitech18, speaking about the work they have already done at home and abroad in managing sensitive and secure data.  Later in the day there will also be a seminar covering a number of very relevant and topical case studies which should be of great interest to all public sector technology professionals.

Small businesses and G-Cloud 10

G-Cloud 10 is now open for business and more than 90 per cent of the 3,505 suppliers are SMEs.

G-Cloud gives central government, local councils, NHS Trusts and other public sector bodies a way to purchase cloud-based services such as web hosting from a single, central website.

Oliver Dowden, Minister for Implementation said:

‘Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, delivering innovative solutions in partnership with the public sector, fuelling economic growth and supporting the delivery of efficient, effective public services that meet the needs of citizens.

The success of G-Cloud demonstrates how we are breaking down the barriers for SMEs who want to supply to government.’

To find out more about G-Cloud, visit the Digital Marketplace.

To see the full story visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-of-small-businesses-lined-up-for-g-cloud-10