Launch of digital app to deliver the benefits of technology across the public-sector estate
September 5, 2019
A new electronic toolkit aimed at helping the public sector improve the performance of their assets has been launched today by infrastructure experts, the Scottish Futures Trust.
The Infrastructure Technology Navigator links the needs of public sector bodies to technology solutions that can support how they plan, deliver and manage their assets. The navigator is a free open source tool that has been developed in partnership with industry and the public sector. The navigator will continue to grow and respond to new technologies that can offer significant benefits across the whole life of our public-sector estate.
Paul Dodd, SFT’s head of infrastructure technology, explained: “New infrastructure technologies are emerging at a rapid pace at an international, national and local scale. They are changing and improving how we develop and deliver infrastructure which in turn is helping to make the buildings we use more efficient and effective.
“Virtual reality, 3D design, building sensors, laser scanning and cloud-based data sharing are examples of current technologies being applied in new and innovative ways. What we’ve done is to link these technologies to the demands faced by asset owners and users and brought them together under one platform.
Stuart Brown, Assistant Director, Property and Capital Planning, at Health Facilities Scotland explained “Health Facilities Scotland has been working collaboratively with SFT to explore opportunities to derive greater value and benefit from improved information management and technology across the health and care landscape. The Infrastructure Technology Navigator provides a helpful resource to raise awareness, unlock investment and help identify value adding technology that can be adopted within the NHS in Scotland.”
Scottish Futures Trust
SFT was established by Scottish Government in 2008 and became operational in 2009 as an independent centre of infrastructure expertise.
SFT’s aim is, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of infrastructure investment and use in Scotland by working collaboratively with public bodies and industry, leading to better value for money and ultimately improved public services.
SFT Infrastructure Technology
SFT’s Infrastructure Technology team seeks to help with improving the performance of public sector infrastructure by increasing the public sector’s uptake and improved use of beneficial technologies and improving the management of information.