Channel brings 10,000 ventilators to the NHS

A number of firms across the computer channel, led by Microsoft, Dell, Arrow Electronics, Accenture and PTC have banded together to form a consortium to deliver 10,000 ventilators to the NHS.

The consortium is headed by Dick Elsy, CEO of High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC), a group of manufacturing research centres in the UK and is made up of Airbus, BAE Systems, Ford, GKN Aerospace, Inspiration Healthcare, Meggitt, Penlon, Renishaw, Rolls Royce, Siemens, Smiths Group, Thales, Ultra Electronics, Unilever and a number of UK-based F1 teams.

Microsoft partners Avanade, Content and Code and IT Lab are also part of the delivery system.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 and the HoloLens VR product are also being deployed as part of the supply chain of the ventilators.

Microsoft UK CEO Cindy Rose added: “There is no more critical sector at this moment than healthcare, which is why we have been working around the clock to support the NHS on a number of fronts since this COVID-19 crisis began.

“Now, through the power of HoloLens, Microsoft Teams and Dynamics 365, we are proud to play a role in helping produce these critical life-saving devices.”

Companies interested in joining the consortium in this endeavour are invited to apply through the government’s official web page.