II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Main place of delivery: JRC (Ispra, Italy) and Member State (MS) administrations.
II.1.4)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Since the control with remote sensing (CwRS) programme began some 20 years ago, the JRC has developed and implemented a process in support to DG Agriculture and Rural Development whereby satellite image data can be used to check declarations made under the common agricultural policy (CAP) concerning crop types and the areas farmed. With the growing availability of better satellite data (in terms of resolution), more efficient acquisition (more agile sensors, and an increased number of sensors) and greatly improved IT technology, these techniques are now in routine, operational use.
Key to the success is the timeliness of image supply during the growing season, maintaining an ever-increasing high level of image quality to minimise doubts or disputes during interpretation and ensuring the confidentiality of the operation.
In this context the very high resolution (VHR) profile and high resolution (HR) profile framework contracts were awarded in early 2014. In these contracts, the imagery to be collected and delivered within the required time specifications is defined as so-called sensor-independent ‘profiles’. The high resolution (HR) image, and very high resolution (VHR) image ‘profiles’ have clearly defined specifications (e.g. on spatial resolution, spectral bands, geometric accuracy, elevation angle, processing levels, etc.) fitting the CAP CwRS programme and land parcel identification system (LPIS) quality assurance. The JRC now aims to increase image quality with the addition of a new profile in the HR domain explicitly asked for by the EU MS administrations to comply with the new CAP ‘greening’ legislation starting in 2015.
The new profile will be called high high resolution, abbreviated to HHR profile, and has main characteristics of ≤ 3 metres ground sampling distance (GSD) in the panchromatic band, and ≤ 12 metres in the multispectral domain.
An example profile may therefore have the following characteristics:
— description: bundle (i.e. pan plus multispectral bands),
— spatial resolution: pan GSD ≤ 3 m, multispectral GSD ≤ 12 m (where GSD = ground sampling distance),
— radiometric resolution and bands: minimum 8 bit/pixel, at least multispectral 4 bands including B, G, R, NIR (where NIR = near infrared),
— absolute geometric accuracy achievable in orthorectification: RMSE, x, y ≤ 1,5 x GSD (where RMSE = root mean square error),
— elevation angle at acquisition: 50–90 deg.,
— cloud cover threshold categories over AOI: ≤ 1 % validated, ≤ 5 % proposed, ≤ 20 % retained, archive,
— delivery specification is within 6 days of order.
Management of image acquisition (i.e. to cover the correct areas at the correct times of the growing season) is currently undertaken by the 2 existing contractors under the supervision and quality control (QC) of the JRC. The contractor for the supplies and related services under this call will have to follow the same workflow management, in coordination with the other contractors. The supplier will be asked to manage the HHR image acquisition activities necessary after the control zone and window period definition all the way to the final image delivery in compliance with the specifications set up.
Those activities will include e.g. feasibility assessment, interfacing with stakeholders, final scenario approval, image acquisition, QC and image validation, delivery, archive upload, and reporting, etc. The start date of the contract is currently foreseen to be early spring 2015 in order to start management of the second phase of image acquisition for the 2015 campaign.
The contract shall be for 24 months renewable once under the same conditions.