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Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Network Rail: Innovation Station Design Contest Industry Day
Network Rail plans to run a design contest to seek innovative solutions in relation to two business challenges: real-time platform crowding information and smart asset monitoring.
The design contest notice will be released on 9 March 2020 and Network Rail is holding an industry day on 12 March 2020 to inform the market of the procurement event, provide further information on the challenges and discuss any clarifications.
The industry day will take place on 12 March at the Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP. Arrivals at the industry day will begin from 12.00 and the day will conclude at 16.30.
In order to register for the event, please follow the instructions at https://innovation-stations-industry-day.eventbrite.co.uk
Attendees at the industry day is limited to 70 people and places will be secured on a first come first serve basis. Please note, individuals who are not able to attend the industry day will still have the opportunity to respond to the design contest notice and all Q&A from the event will be published.
In order to register for the industry day individuals will not be required to register on the Network Rail procurement portal BravoNR, however when live, responses to the Innovation Station Design contest must be submitted via the BravoNR portal. Therefore, any participant wanting to submit a design proposal must have a registered BravoNR account (if they are not already registered). Participants can register by clicking on the following link and then follow the Register Now link within the Login box.
Whilst the design contest submission window will not open until Monday 9 March 2020, we would encourage all potential participants who are not currently registered on Bravo to do so prior to this date.
The two business challenges have been formed based on challenges faced by Network Rail station staff in managed stations. Further information on the challenge statements can be found by accessing the opportunity listing titled ‘#13336 — Innovation Station Design Contest’ on BravoNR. This can be accessed via the following link https://networkrail.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.html From there click ‘View Current Opportunities’ and then search for the project titled ‘#13336 — Innovation Station Design Contest’. Please note you do not have to have a BravoNR account to access the opportunity listing.
Following the design contest, Network Rail may seek to invite potential winners of the design contest to take part in the ‘Innovation Station Testbed Programme’.
The Innovation Stations Testbed Programme seeks to trial solutions that address the business challenges at Manchester Piccadilly station in a live operational environment over a 10-week period.
The trials for the Innovation Station Testbed Programme will conclude with a demonstration day for participants to showcase their solutions to the Network Rail routes and regions, industry associations and press.
No clarifications regarding the design contest or the challenge statements should be submitted until the design contest notice has been issued on the 9 March 2020.
Additional guidance regarding the Bravo registration process can also be found by accessing the opportunity listing titled ‘#13336 — Innovation Station Design Contest’ on BravoNR.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information