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Internet of things (IoT) technologies and services dynamic purchasing system

Guidance for public sector organisations on how to access and use the framework agreement.

Internet of things (IoT) technologies and services dynamic purchasing system
Who can access: all public sector
Contract status: in progress
Dates of contract: approximately May 2019 to May 2021
Category: ICT networks - national


Scottish Procurement intends to establish a dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for the provision of Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies and Services.

The DPS will operate in a similar way to a framework, however, it is an electronic process and suppliers can apply to join the DPS at any time.

Suppliers interested in this potential opportunity should register with PCS and PCS-Tender as these systems will be used in any resulting procurement.

Contracts will be awarded via call-offs, issued by Scottish public sector organisations through the DPS, inviting suppliers to tender for in scope services.

What is in scope

Due to the wide and diverse nature of IoT, it is not possible to list all the technologies and services available but some examples (non exhaustive list) may include:

  • device management
  • data management
  • integration
  • analytics
  • subscription and connectivity management
  • application enablement and management
  • security
  • IoT enablement (advice) and implementation services
  • IoT related hardware, for example, sensors

What is out of scope

To be confirmed

Who can use this

The framework can be used by:

  • central government
  • health
  • local authorities
  • universities and colleges
  • third sector (voluntary organisations and charities registered in Scotland)
  • other public bodies

Full details will be found on Public Contracts Scotland notice once issued.

Note: It is the responsibility of any buying organisation wishing to use the DPS to satisfy itself that it is eligible to do so.

Entitlement can be established from the terms of the Official Journal of the European Union advert (once issued). 

If there is any doubt, legal advice should be sought.


Benefits of this framework include:

  • easy access for public sector bodies to a full range of IoT technologies and services
  • easy access for supplier: encouraging strong competition and encouraging small to medium sized enterprise participation
  • suppliers can join the DPS at any time, provided they meet the selection criteria
  • electronic process
  • streamlined procurement


To be confirmed

Further information

Dynamic purchasing systems: guide


Anamaria Rehbein
Portfolio Manager, ICT Networks
Phone: 0131 244 5749

David Box
Portfolio Manager, ICT Networks
Phone: 0141 242 0345

Leigh Syme
Procurement Assistant, ICT Networks
Phone: 0131 244 6812