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Periodic indicative notice – utilities
This notice is a periodic indicative notice only
Section I: Contracting entity
Section II: Object
EU project 731996 — SMART.MET.
This PIN announces open market consultations, promoted by some European public water service providers, and provides information at an early stage on the expected starting date of a Pre–Commercial Procurement (PCP) to buy multiple and competitive R&D (research and development) services, in phases, to develop a new remote reader system for water meters, which ensures effectiveness, efficiency and interoperability and which is based on open standards.
The procurement will take the form of a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) under which R&D service contracts will be awarded to a number of R&D providers in parallel in a phased approach. This will make it possible to compare competing alternative prototypes.
Each selected operator will be awarded a framework agreement that covers three R&D phases as well as a phase 1 contract. The three phases: 1) solution design, 2) prototyping, original development and 3) validation and testing of a limited set of first products or services. After each phase, intermediate evaluations will be carried out to progressively select the best of the competing solutions. The contractors with the best-value-for-money solutions will be offered a specific contract for the next phase. Testing will take place in the buyers' facilities This testing may also serve as a first customer test reference for the contractors.
The procurement is expected to start: 1.3.2017 and to end: 30.11.2020. The Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) will have an estimated duration of 45 months. The future contract notice will provide additional information including the estimated duration per phase.
The selected operators will retain ownership of the intellectual property rights (IPRs) that they generate during the PCP and will be able to use them to exploit the full market potential of the developed solutions i.e. beyond the buyers group. The future contract notice will provide additional information on the licenses granted to the buyers group.
In preparation for this PCP, all interested operators are invited to take part in an open market consultation (regardless of their geographic location, the size or governance structure of their organization). Participation is voluntary without reimbursement of any cost.
The market consultation involves the proactive analysis of technology offer and provide a pre-information to the market in orde.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The PCP procurement is exempted from the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), the EU public procurement directives and the national laws that implement them (because it concerns the procurement of R&D services where the benefits do not accrue exclusively to the contracting entity for its use in the conduct of its own affairs).
This PIN is published to announce open market consultations on a future procurement procedure.
The PIN is not a commitment to procure.
This PIN is published to announce an open market consultation on a future procurement procedure. The PIN is not a commitment to procure. This procurement receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement No 731996 — SMART.MET (see http://smart-met.eu ).
The EU has given a grant for this procurement but is not participating as a contracting authority in the procurement.