Purchasing Frameworks

This section includes information and advice on ICT Purchasing Frameworks. If you have additional or more specific queries in this area, please email these to ictadvice@pdst.ie.

 

Purchasing Frameworks: The following information may assist schools as they seek to purchase fit-for-purpose ICT. If you require advice or support please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie.  

T4/DCG CAD Computers for Post-Primary Schools (Updated March 24th 2020)

The tender competition and evaluation process for the new Design and Communications Graphics (DCG)/CAD PC Mini-Towers and Laptops is now complete. The evaluation team included a number of DCG and Solidworks expert teachers, technology specialists, the SEC, and the Inspectorate. Contracts have be signed and it will be possible shortly to order from the 2 successful companies, who are:

-          Datapac (with HP) are the company that won the tender to supply the Mini-Tower PCs.

-          Capita (with Dell) are the company that won the tender to supply the Laptop Workstations

We're working with both companies and with Solidworks and PDST colleagues to finalise the configuration & manufacturing build image (including Solidworks). We’re also trying to simplify the order process, so to ensure that units can be manufactured and delivered to schools/ETBs as soon as possible.

Given that the COVID-19 situation is causing delays to global manufacturing and delivery to Europe, it is critical that we provide a forecast that is as accurate as possible to the two companies, so that they can run a large enough production run to supply schools DCGs forecasted volumes efficiently. To facilitate this process I’ve created an ‘online DCG forecasting tool using Survey Monkey (details are provided at the end of this email), which needs to be completed by each school (or ETB on their behalf) that wants to order DCG units and will have the funds in place to pay for DCG units.

Funding the purchase of DCG Computers: Firstly there is no 'DCG-specific ICT Grant'. All ICT schools funding (apart from new school builds) is made available via the annual ICT Grants.

Timing of Grant: The current DES ICT Policy Unit plan is to pay ICT Grants to Post Primary schools and ETBs by Monday 11th May, at the latest. (Note: this has changed from the previous press release announcement).

Estimate of ICT Grant amount per school:

The initial ICT Grant payment in 2019 was 45Million, while €5Million had to be applied for.

The initial ICT Grant payment in 2020 will be 40Million, while €10Million has to be applied for.

So this year (2020) eligible schools can expect to receive 88% of what they received last year.

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The PC Mini-Tower Specification and Costs: (HP Mini Tower, supplied by Datapac):

Model: HP Z2 G4 Mini-Tower Workstation

Solidworks 2019/20 CAD software is pre-installed

Intel Core i5-9600 processor, 3.1 GHz, 6 Cores, 64 bit, 9MB Cache

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional OS (64 bit)

16GB Memory (2x8GB DDR4)

500GB SSD Drive, (for faster performance and reliability)

Internal CD/DVD combo drive

Internal 10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ45)

NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4GB Graphics card. Certified by Solidworks. 4K Resolution (4096 x 2160)

6 x USB 3.0 (2 front, 4 rear); 2 x USB 2.0; RJ-45 LAN Gigabit, Audio in/out ports

1 x headphones/microphone, 2 x DisplayPort, 1xVGA, 4xMiniDisplayport

Full Size USB Scroll Mouse (cabled), QWERTY keyboard with euro symbol and numeric keypad.

Warranty: 3 year Next Business Day Onsite, parts and labour (provided as standard); Option of 1 or 2 year additional warranty available at additional cost.

Tower PC Cost: €978.96 (Including 21.5 Inch Monitor, Including VAT).

Additional options will be listed on the order form

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Laptop Workstation Specification and Costs: (supplied by Capita)

Model: Dell Mobile Precision 3541 XCTO

Solidworks 2019/20 3D CAD software is already pre-installed

Intel Core i7-9850H processor, 2.6 GHz, 6 Core, 64Bit, 12MB Cache

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional OS (64 bit)

16GB Memory (1x16GB DDR4)

500GB SSD Drive, (for faster performance and reliability)

Nvidia Quadro P620 Graphics Card, Solidworks Certified, 4GB Memory, 4xDisplayport 

Connectors: RJ-45 Gigabit LAN; 3xUSB 3.1; 1xHDMI 2.0; 1xHeadset jack, 1xSD card reader, 1 Thunderbolt Type C 

Weight: 2.06kg;  Integrated HD Camera;  Dell Pro Slim Briefcase

Warranty: 3 year Next Business Day Onsite Warranty, parts and labour (provided as standard); Option of 2 year additional warranty available

Laptop Cost: €1,177.32 (Including VAT).

Additional options will be listed on the order form

Forecast Link:

Please go to this link to enter you school forecast for DCG Towers and Laptops.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DCG-Forecast2020

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Wireless Networking (ie Wifi) Framework:
To assist schools in purchasing fit for purpose wifi a ‘Wireless Networking and Associated Services’ procurement framework is available for all schools and educational institutions. The guideline on how to use this framework to seek quotes and purchase wifi is available here
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PC & Notebook/Laptop Framework: (no request for quote required)

Schools can simply order PCs/Notebooks from the two listed suppliers, without having to seek quotes from other suppliers. (This is possible as there is an OGP contract in place with the two approved companies at the prices shown below.) Standard and higher spec versions of PC & Notebooks are available.

- For details on PCs, how to order etc., contact PC Peripherals (www.pcp.ie) at pcsales@pcp.ie
- For details on Notebooks, how to order etc., contact Datapac (www.datapac.com) at schoolsetb@datapac.com

- PCs & Notebooks include Windows 10 Pro OS (64 bit), 3 Year Next Business Day onsite warranty.
- PC prices include a 21.5 Inch HD height & tilt adjustable monitor, keyboard and mouse
- Other optional extras include installation services, 5 year warranty, (available at additional cost from both companies)

a) Standard PC, Mini Tower, (from PC Peripherals)
Model: Celtic R2200 PC
Includes: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD),
Integrated CD/DVD, 9 USB ports, Integrated Graphics, HDMI & VGA interfaces, 21.5 Inch HD Monitor (1920 x1080)
Cost: €415 (€510.45 including VAT at 23%)

b) Higher Spec PC, Mini Tower, (from PC Peripherals)
Model: Celtic R2300 PC
Includes: AMD Ryzen 3 2300X quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD),
Integrated CD/DVD, 9 USB ports, 1GB Dedicated Graphics (Nvidia Geforce GT710), HDMI & VGA interfaces, 21.5 Inch HD Monitor (1920 x1080)
Cost: €475 (€584.25 including VAT at 23%)

c) Standard Spec Notebook/Laptop, (from Datapac)
Model: HP Probook 455 G6
AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 2500U quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD), Wifi (802.11ac)
3 USB ports, Integrated Graphics, HDMI & VGA interfaces, 15.6 Inch HD Screen (1920 x1080), Webcam
Cost: €461.60 (€567.77 including VAT at 23%)

d) Higher Spec Notebook/Laptop, (from Datapac)
Model: HP Elitebook 745 G5
AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 2700U quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD), Wifi (802.11ac)
3 USB ports, Integrated Graphics, HDMI & VGA interfaces, 14 Inch HD Screen (1920 x1080), Webcam
Cost: €562.95 (€692.43 including VAT at 23%)

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Chromebooks/Android Tablets:
For info' on how to seek quotes from all framework suppliers (Baker Security Networks, Bechtle, Dell, HP, PCP and PFH), click here

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Apple Mac OS and iPad(iOS) Tablets:
For info' on how to seek quotes from all framework suppliers (CompuB, Galmac, Hybernia Evros, Screenway iConnect and Typetec/Wriggle), click here:
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Projectors, Interactive Flat Screens (IFS):
There is currently no suitable procurement framework available to purchase projectors or IFSs. Schools are advised to seek good value by requesting quotes from a minimum of 3 ICT/audio-visual suppliers.
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Other ICT Equipment or ICT Infrastructure:
If schools need advice or support on other ICT equipment or infrastructure, please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie 

An overview of the DES policy on procurement, including links to the OGP and the Schools Procurement Unit, can be accessed here.