United Kingdom-London: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: https://tfl.gov.uk/
Section II: Object
SITS — Predictive Capability
As part of its Surface intelligent transport system (SITS) programme, Transport for London (TfL) is now preparing to undertake a project to deliver predictive capability and is seeking market feedback in relation to potential solutions.
The objective of the SITS predictive capability project is to deliver a system that can predict the future state of London’s transport network and estimate the impact of incidents on the network for a future time horizon as quickly as possible, taking into account the current network state. Simultaneously, the system will also be able to forecast the outcome of manually defined mitigation strategies and rank them on the basis of user defined key performance indicators (KPIs), as well as have the capability to generate its own optimal response strategies. The ultimate aim is for effective responses to incidents to be implemented before road network disruptions become significant and widespread.
Further detail is provided at Section II.2.4) below.
SITS predictive capability will need to cover the whole of London.
TfL will manage the procurement process and delivery of the service at its offices, primarily Palestra House and 14 Pier Walk.
SITS is TfLs response to growing pressures upon the capacity of London's road network and the need to deliver the Healthy Streets Approach through encouragement of sustainable, active, safe and efficient travel. SITS will allow TfL to prioritise people who are walking, cycling and using buses, and will also provide the capability for TfL to unlock significant additional capacity on the road network.
SITS will be delivered across four main projects:
1) Real time optimiser (RTO);
2) Common operational view incident management system (COV IMS);
3) Data and analytics — involves:
(a) data hub; and
(b) data roadmap; and
4) Predictive capability.
The RTO, COV IMS and data and analytics projects are already underway and TfL now wishes to commence work on predictive capability.
To assist with this, as permitted by Regulation 40 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, TfL is seeking market feedback in relation to potential solutions that may be capable of predicting the future state of the road network. Such solutions would forecast the likely outcome of an incident over a future time horizon and generate optimal response strategies, which can then be manually or automatically applied, so that an effective response could be implemented before disruptions become significant and widespread. The term ‘incident’ is used to describe situations where the road network state is different to normal for one or more transport modes. Traffic collisions (random events) and roadworks (planned events) are some prominent examples of an ‘incident’.
TfL is looking for an innovative solution and wishes to explore all available technologies. TfL is open to working with suppliers to develop ideas with potential, or to adapt solutions to meet its requirements, and is keen to hear from organisations that already have, or are capable of developing, technology able to solve the problem characterised by:
— variable demand fluctuating throughout day/week/year,
— complex transport network catering for multiple modes (pedestrians, cyclists, buses, taxis, cars, etc.),
— multiple, simultaneous incidents that may have combined effects due to spatial proximity, and
— multiple datasets (historic or live feeds) that potentially could be conflicting or of low accuracy.
Interested parties should register with TfL by emailing SITS-Predictive@tfl.gov.uk with company name and contact details. Following registration, interested parties will be provided with a market sounding questionnaire (MSQ) that will offer the opportunity for information on potential solutions to be provided to TfL for consideration in development of its requirements and procurement strategy.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
As stated in Section II.2.14) above, interested parties should register with TfL via email at SITS-Predictive@tfl.gov.uk. Once registered, TfL will provide a market sounding questionnaire (MSQ) for which responses will be required by 21.10.2019 to be considered. Following review of the MSQ responses, TfL may engage further on a one-to-one basis with organisations that provide particularly compelling solution ideas. Full details of the MSQ response requirements and potential further engagement will be included in the MSQ.
TfL is not liable for any costs, fees or expenses incurred by any party participating in this market engagement exercise and cannot guarantee that it will incorporate all or any feedback received into any subsequent procurement process.
This prior information notice (PIN) is issued solely for the purpose of conducting a market engagement exercise and does not constitute any commitment by TfL to undertake any public procurement exercise in the future. The information contained in this PIN, including CPV codes, is neither exhaustive or binding and may be amended at the time of issue of any further notice or notices or at any other time at the discretion of TfL.
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