The winner of the 2014 PPI award

Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam (the Netherlands) has been announced as the winner of the Public Procurement of Innovation Award. The Dutch hospital, which overcame competition from five other finalists, impressed the jury through its innovative bed washing facility, which utilised modern robotics.

The Erasmus University Medical Centre procurement team asked bidders to design a more cost and environmentally efficient solution to disinfect the hospital's 70,000 beds and mattresses. The contract was won by IMS Medical, who proposed a creative approach - high precision cleaning robots that disinfect the beds in a conveyor belt format, similar to the set-up employed by car manufacturers.

Through the facility, the cleaning costs per bed were lowered by 35 percent compared with the existing solution, and the CO2 footprint reduced by 65 percent.

The City of Oslo (Norway), Région Rhône Alpes (France), and A Coruña City Council (Spain) were given honourable mentions during the ceremony.  A more in-depth profile of each finalist, detailing their organisation, procured innovation and supplier, is available below.

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The finalists of 2014 PPI Award

Région Rhône Alpes, France - distance learning using robotics

Région Rhône Alpes initiated the procurement ‘High School Robot’. In this procurement Région Rhône Alpes asked the market through a competitive dialogue to design a robotic remote presence solution for sick high school students who have an illness that prevents them from attending classes. The robotic remote presence solution is a virtual solution for this problem. During the procurement end-users were involved through a co-innovation scenario process. This SME friendly process included a series of workshops and observations in multidisciplinary working groups. More information.

HetWaterschapshuis, Netherlands - data service for water barrier management

Het Waterschapshuis together with the Stichting IJKdijk initiated the procurement ‘Dike Data Service Center’. In this procurement the market was asked to deliver an open source platform to combine different data sources and to store and use information for the assent management of water barriers. The platform aims to become the open source standard and a community for public authorities from the European Union and beyond. The winner of the procurement was selected entirely on the offered quality. Het Waterschapshuis set a maximum price and listed minimum and optional functional requirements. More information.

Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam - Robotic Bedwashing Facility

Erasmus University Medical Center initiated the procurement ‘Robotic Bedwashing Facility’. In this procurement the Erasmus University Medical Center asked the market to design a more cost efficient solution to disinfect hospital annually 70.000 beds and mattresses, that also used less energy and water. Erasmus University Medical Center used the Forward Commitment Procurement principles that included a series of market soundings that stimulated cross supply chain interaction, a competitive dialogue and outcome based requirements. In the selection phase less emphasis was put on the past experiences with bed washing facilities than in regular procurements. More information.

Federal Procurement Agency Austria – electronic delivery of official document

The Federal Procurement Agency Austria initiated the procurement ‘Dual Delivery’. In this procurement the market was asked to deliver a significantly improved form of delivering official documents via safe electronic channels as an electronic delivery of documents saves costs and energy, speeds up delivery time and is more convenient for citizens and businesses. The procurement was set up as a negotiated procurement procedure. In the preparation phase, all representatives of federal agencies were invited for a general information event. Moreover, a stakeholder consultation was set up by the Federal Procurement Agency. More information.

A Coruña City Council – smart city platform

The geographical and functional peculiarities of the city of A Coruña suggest that the integrated management of the city is preferred over a traditional management model. For that reason, the A Coruña City Council initiated the procurement ‘smart city platform’. In this procurement the market was asked to develop a ‘brain’ which, although less visible to  the public, provides support to current and future city services and contributes the holistic vision that will enable its comprehensive management. More information

City of Oslo – a smarthouse platform for Omsorg+ Kampen

The housing residence Omsorg+ Kampen in Oslo has in total 91 apartments with 102 elderly residents. For the housing residence the City of Oslo initiated the procurement ‘smart house platform’. In this procurement the market was asked to deliver a technology that enables the residents to communicate with relatives, friends and health personnel, as well as everyday activities such as ordering food from the restaurant. Based on these activities, a functional specification was developed for the tender. More information