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Technical and Purchasing Considerations, including purchasing Frameworks: The following information will assist schools to purchase fit-for-purpose ICT. If you require advice or support please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie. The sections below provide purchasing information on different types of equipment.

Projectors: New Procurement Framework User-Guide (May2022)

A new Projector Procurement Framework has been put in place to make it easier for schools/ETBs to purchase high quality, fit for purpose projectors from approved quality providers.

Five types of projectors are included, including Portable/Long Throw, Ultra Short-throw (both interactive and non-interactive), Laser Projectors (high quality, long lifespan), and High Lumens (for school halls or larger areas).

We’ve developed a Projector Framework User Guide for schools/ETBs and other clients, to assist them is using the framework to purchase projectors, to support high quality ‘Presenting in the Classroom’ options.

For more information click here.

 

Laptops and Desktop PCs

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 Laptops and PCs are available.

 

– To order PCs contact Datapac (www.datapac.com) at schoolsetb@datapac.com
– To order Notebooks contact PFH (www.pfh.ie) at education@pfh.ie

– PCs & Notebooks include Windows 10 Pro OS, 3Year Next Business Day onsite warranty
– PC prices include a 21 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), Costs are commercially sensitive.

 

 

a) Standard PC, Mini Tower, (from Datapac)
Model: HP Prodesk 405 G4
Includes: AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 2200G quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD), Integrated CD/DVD, 11 USB ports, Integrated Graphics, Displayport & VGA ports, 21 Inch HD Monitor (1920 x1080). A Displayport to HDMI convertor is available if requested.
Cost: €416 (€511.68 including VAT at 23%)

 

b) Higher Spec PC, Mini Tower, (from Datapac)
Model: HP Prodesk 405 G4
Includes: AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 2200G quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD), Integrated CD/DVD, 11 USB ports, 1GB Dedicated Graphics (Nvidia Geforce GT710), Displayport & VGA interfaces, 21.5 Inch HD Monitor (1920 x1080). A Displayport to HDMI convertor is available if requested. Cost: €436.20 (€536.53 including VAT at 23%)

 

c) Standard Spec Notebook/Laptop (15 Inch screen), (from PFH)
Model: Lenovo E15 Standard Spec
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD), Wifi (802.11ax), 2 USB ports, Integrated Graphics, HDMI & VGA interfaces, 15.6 Inch HD Screen (1920 x1080), Webcam. Cost: €445.00 (€547.35 including VAT at 23%)

 

d) Higher Spec Notebook/Laptop (14 Inch screen) , (from PFH)
Model: Lenovo L14 High Spec
AMD Ryzen 3 4450U quad-core processor, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 512GB Solid State Drive (SSD), Wifi (802.11ax), 2 USB ports, Integrated Graphics, HDMI & VGA interfaces, 14 Inch HD Screen (1920 x1080), Webcam. Cost: €525.00 (€645.75 including VAT at 23%)

 

For additional advice on suitable PCs or Laptops for schools, please contact us at ictadvice@pdst.ie

T4/DCG CAD Computers for Post-Primary Schools

Approved Tower PC and Laptop Workstations are in place for Design and Communications Graphics (DCG). The evaluation team included a number of DCG and Solidworks expert teachers and technology specialists.

The supplier is:

– Datapac (HP Mini-Tower) won the tender to supply DCG Mini-Towers; Cost: €978.96 (Including 21.5 Inch monitor, including VAT).

– Datapac (HP Laptop) recently won the tender to supply DCG Laptops; Cost: €1,407.43 (Including VAT).

Funding the purchase of DCG Computers: There is no ‘DCG-specific ICT Grant’. All ICT schools funding (apart from new school builds) is made available via the annual General ICT Grants. For more on this click here:

Order Forms and NAGSF forms for DCG Mini-Tower and for DCG Laptop

The relevant order forms should be completed and emailed to suppliers.

The Order Form for the DCG HP Mini-Tower is available here:

The NAGSF form for the DCG Mini-Tower is available here:

The Order Form for the DCG HP Laptop is available here:

The NAGSF form for the DCG HP Laptop is available here:

 

 

 

The Approved T4/DCG/CAD Mini-Tower Specification and Costs:

Model: HP Z2 G5 Mini-Tower Workstation

This includes:

Solidworks 2019/20 CAD software is pre-installed

Intel Core i5-10600 processor, 3.3 GHz, 6 Cores, 64 bit, 12MB Cache

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional OS (64 bit)

16GB Memory (2 x 8GB 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. 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 Mouse, QWERTY keyboard with euro symbol and numeric keypad.

Warranty: 3 year Next Business Day Onsite, parts and labour (provided as standard)

Mini-Tower Cost: €978.96 (Including 21.5 Inch monitor, and including VAT).

Additional options are listed on the Order Form

 

 

 

The Approved T4/DCG/CAD Laptop Specification and Costs:

Model: HP Zbook Power, 15.5 Inch, G8 Mobile Workstation

This includes:

Solidworks 2021 Education Edition is pre-installed

Intel Core i7-11800H 2.3GHz processor, 8 Cores, 64 bit, 24MB Level 3 Cache

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional OS (64 bit)

15.6 Inch, HD Webcam

16GB Memory (2 x 8GB DDR4)

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

NVIDIA T1200 4GB Graphics Card. Certified by Solidworks. Resolution (1920 x 1080)

Wifi 6: 802.11ax ; Bluetooth 5

Gigabit LAN Ethernet (RJ45) port;

4 x USB (1 x Type-C Thunderboltt; 3 x Type A)

1 x headphones/microphone, HDMI

Keypad: Qwerty including number pad;

6 Cell longlife battery; Weight 1.89kg

Warranty: 3 year Next Business Day Onsite including parts and labour

Laptop Cost: €1,144.25 (ex Vat) (€1,407.43 including VAT at 23%).

Additional options are listed on the Order Form

Chromebooks

The Chromebook purchasing framework that had been in place for schools has expired.
If you are considering purchasing Chromebooks and are seeking advice, including technical advice, please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie

Apple Devices

There is an Apple devices purchasing framework in place for schools. It has two suppliers, Wriggle and CompuB. If you are considering purchasing iPads or other Apple devices and are seeking advice, including technical advice, please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie

Hybrid Devices

Hybrid devices can be used in both laptop and tablet mode, as they have either a fold around or a detachable keyboard. Compared to laptops they generally have lower power processors and less storage, typically 128GB. The following two devices can be ordered from suppliers without seeking other quotes.

 

HP ProBook x360 11G5 EE, Hybrid device with fold-around screen.
Windows 10 Professional; 11.6 Inch touchscreen, Graphics 1366x 768
Processor: Intel Celeron Quadcore N4120/1.1GHz(2.6GHz)/4MB Cache
Memory: 8GB DDR4; Storage: 128GB Solid State Drive(SSD)
Ports: 2 USB ports, LAN port: Gigibit Ethernet, HDMI port.
Wifi: 802.11ac.ax; Bluetooth 5.0; Front facing camera
Battery Life: 653 Minutes; Weight 1.44Kg
Warranty: 3 Year Collect and/or Return
Cost: €407 (ex Vat); €500.61; (incl’ VAT at 23%)
To order contact Datapac (www.datapac.com) at schoolsetb@datapac.com

 

Microsoft Surface Go 2, Hybrid device with detachable fold-around keyboard
Windows 10 Professional;10.5 Inch touchscreen, Graphics 1920×1280
Processor: Intel Core m3-8100Y (Dual Core), 4MB Cache
Memory: 8GB DDR4; Storage: 128GB Solid State Drive(SSD)
Ports: 3 USB ports, including USB-C for Power.
Wifi: 802.11ac.ax; Bluetooth 5.0; Front and rear facing cameras
Battery Life: 461 Minutes ; Weight 789g
Warranty: 3 Year Next Business day onsite
Cost: €666 (ex VAT); €819.18 (incl’ VAT at 23%)
To order contact Wriggle (www.wriggle.ie) at maureen@wrigglelearing.ie

Wireless Networking (ie Wifi)

The Wireless purchasing framework that had been in place for schools for the last 4 years, and which many schools and ETBs successfully used to procure wifi has recently expired. If you are considering purchasing and installing suitable Wifi in your school and are seeking objective advice, including technical advice, please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie

Interactive Flat Panels (IFPs)

There is currently no procurement framework available for schools to seek quotes on  Interactive Flat Panels (IFPs).

The Department/PDST-TiE and others are working to develop a new Interactive Flat Panel Purchasing Framework. While we currently don’t have a date as to when this framework will be available, upon availability it will promoted here on our website, via our newsletter etc.,

For now schools are advised to seek good value by requesting quotes from a minimum of 3 suppliers.

For more details on IFPs please contact us at: ictadvice@pdst.ie

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 public procurement guidelines for goods and services can be accessed here:

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