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28/03/2015    S62    Supplies - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

Spain-Barcelona: Sound or visual signalling apparatus

2015/S 062-107738

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Official name: Dirección de Servicios de Gestión Económica y Control de Recursos de la Gerencia de Prevención, Seguridad y Movilidad del Ayuntamiento de Barcelona
Postal address: Plaza Carles Pi i Sunyer, n.° 8-10, 2ª planta
Town: Barcelona
Postal code: 08002
Country: Spain
For the attention of: Rosa Montes
Telephone: +34 932915097
Fax: +34 932915060

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from:
The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity
Other: Local Administration: City of Barcelona
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
DoE Notice of Market Sounding Exercise / Invitation for ideas for an innovative pedestrian traffic signal crossing device.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Barcelona (Spain).

NUTS code ES511

II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
Barcelona City Council wishes to increase the safety and access of all pedestrians through the introduction of an innovative pedestrian crossing solution. In many towns and cities mechanisms have been introduced that provide pedestrians with auditory and visual information on the time available to cross a road. These systems usually take the form of digital devices for communicating to pedestrians crossing at signal-controlled crossings via a “count down” of the seconds remaining for the pedestrian. Some systems (those showing green time for the pedestrian to cross) have been trialled at certain junctions in Barcelona where dynamic signal control does not operate, but the incompatibility with dynamic signal control is seen to be a fundamental barrier to a more generalized deployment. Systems showing only the time for clearing the pedestrian crossing area are not appropriate since clearance times are kept short for other safety considerations (see Background Information below for further information), and the basic idea is to help pedestrians to cross from the start of their crossing phase.
This PIN therefore launches a market engagement exercise to explore with the supply chain the potential for an innovative pedestrian crossing system capable of addressing the ‘unmet need' it has identified and meeting the following requirements:
The Requirement.
Barcelona City Council wishes to increase the accessibility and safety of pedestrian crossings currently controlled via its dynamic traffic management signal control system. The Council wishes to introduce an innovative pedestrian road crossing information system that provides all pedestrians with accurate information on the time available to cross the road from the start of the pedestrian crossing phase without compromising traffic flow or the safety of any group of road user.
The Council has identified a requirement for an innovative pedestrian road crossing solution that:
— increases the safety and confidence of pedestrians when crossing roads,
— is usable and accessible to all pedestrians,
— will integrate seamlessly with current traffic control systems,
— does not have a negative impact on traffic flow and punctuality of public transport,
— Is resource and energy efficient,
— conforms and is compliant with the relevant UNE standards,
— has the potential for EU and global adoption,
— is cost effective.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 150 000 and 250 000 EUR


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:
How to participate
This PIN is intended to give the supply chain advance information about this requirement prior to a market consultation event that will take place in Barcelona on May 14th.
Further information and background (Market Sounding Prospectus) will be available in advance of this market consultation event.

Interested parties should register their interest in this project and / or in attending the market consultation event by sending an email to or +34 934023372

The anticipated pre-procurement actions are as follows:
— Prior Information Notice published by 23.3.2015,
— Registration for workshop closes: 14th April,
— Deadline for receipt of written responses: 30th April,
— Market consultation workshop: 14th May,
— Final written submissions: 29th May,
— Final Case Study report towards tender launch in Autumn 2015.
Background information.
This market-sounding exercise is seeking ideas (or information about prototypes or manufactured products - if available) for a system that meets the Cities needs and which overcomes the problems that have been encountered with currently available 'digital' products.
For example, in cases of dynamic control, the junction controller does not necessarily know how much crossing time will be allocated to the pedestrian crossing phase at the onset of the signal cycle. Analogic solutions (that do NOT show a discrete number of seconds) can give an idea of the crossing time at the onset of the phase. In such cases (of dynamic control), since digital products cannot receive a discrete number of seconds from the controller, they cannot communicate a signal to pedestrians at the start of the crossing phase and cannot therefore be deployed.
Furthermore, as the dynamic control plan is adjusted, the signal controller may change the value of the pedestrian crossing time during the phase. If this occurs, an analogic solution could offer a way to avoid communicating 'disruptions' — or inconsistencies — in the count-down progression which would arise if a digital system were to be applied at a junction operating under dynamic control. Inconsistencies in the countdown using discrete numbers could generate situations of risk — where pedestrians are obliged to revise their judgements / crossing decisions during the crossing action.
It is recognized that Industry is responding to the US initiative marked by the 2009 edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) which requires countdown signals be used at all signalized intersections with pedestrian clearance intervals (flashing upraised hand phases) longer than 7 seconds. This can help to clear pedestrians from the crossing area but it does not guide them from the start of their crossing phase. In cities (like Barcelona) where Powered Two-Wheelers (PTWs) are an important component of the traffic, signal plans are designed to minimize pedestrian clearance times in order to minimize the risk of accidents involving PTWs. For these reasons, a solution based on an analogic display that gives coherent guidance to pedestrians from the start of the pedestrian crossing (not just clearance) phase is sought.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes

Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): This project is being carried out under the TRANSFORM project, co-financed by the European Commission. More information about TRANSFORM see:

VI.2)Additional information:
This PIN is being published as part of a pre-procurement market sounding activity to investigate the feasibility and options to deliver an innovative pedestrian signal crossing device / solution for Barcelona Municipality. The purpose of this PIN is to:
— Forewarn the market that a procurement exercise may begin in the future. / Alert the market to innovative requirements, prior to any potential procurement process. / Facilitate participation in the market consultation process and ensure that the pre-procurement process is open and transparent. This PIN is an indication only of potential future procurement activity and is not a commitment to procure. This PIN is not part of any pre-qualification or selection process.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: