PDP seeks three dashboard technology testers

The programme is seeking up to three commercial organisations to help test the development of

The programme is seeking up to three commercial organisations to help test the development of the pensions dashboard ecosystem.

The PDP plans to work with the potential dashboards alongside running tests with the Money and Pensions Service (Maps) dashboard to ensure the technology and standards work for different types of dashboard providers.

It said potential dashboard providers getting involved while the PDP is refining standards and systems gives them an opportunity to “influence the design of pensions dashboards and help identify any challenges with connecting to the central technical architecture”.

The PDP will select potential providers based on a number of factors including appetite to get involved, existing capability, capacity to support, contribution to the overall development of the dashboard service, openness to sharing findings, and positive contribution to the development within the specifications set in legislation and by the Department for Work and Pensions.

The PDP said it is “committed to providing further information on any learnings that arise from these system tests”.

The closing date for applications is 26 October and the selected providers will be announced in November.

The initial alpha testing phase is set to run for six months from December and staged compulsory on-boarding for pension providers and the dashboard available point is scheduled to commence in 2023.

PDP head of product Raman Dhaliwal said: “We are keen to hear from a range of organisations that intend to supply pensions dashboards. We look forward to working with these organisations to develop and refine the standards and systems for pensions dashboards via a robust testing process.

“Ultimately, we want the pensions dashboards ecosystem to work effectively for all, so we can work together to provide a dashboard service that benefits consumers.”

Last month, the PDP selected Capgemini to supply the central digital architecture to underpin the online data platforms. The firm will deliver the pensions finder service, consent and authorisation, and governance register.

Maps PDP programme director Richard James said the partnership “marks the moment when dashboards move off the drawing board and become real”.

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