Services - 412805-2020

04/09/2020    S172

Luxembourg-Luxembourg: Live Speech to Text and Machine Translation Tool for 24 Languages

2020/S 172-412805

Contract award notice

Results of the procurement procedure

Services

Legal Basis:
Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 2018/1046

In accordance with Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 2018/1046 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the European Union, the European Parliament has decided to issue this invitation to tender to acquire a licence for a tool that is able to automatically transcribe and translate parliamentary multilingual debates in real time for 24 languages and the IT services for implementing that tool. The tool should include the following components: ASR technology component (language identification + Automatic Speech Recognition), machine translation, machine learning and human-machine interaction, user interface.

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Parliament
Postal address: Directorate-General for Translation, Plateau de Kirchberg BP 1601
Town: Luxembourg
NUTS code: LU LUXEMBOURG
Postal code: 2929
Country: Luxembourg
Contact person: Stephane Vivard
E-mail: dgtrad.tenders@europarl.europa.eu
Internet address(es):
Main address: http://www.europarl.europarl.eu
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Live Speech to Text and Machine Translation Tool for 24 Languages

Reference number: EP/TRAD/2019/LSTT
II.1.2)Main CPV code
72230000 Custom software development services
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

The European Parliament wishes to support multilingual innovation and the digitalisation of all EU official languages through targeted developments. It is therefore aiming to enter into an innovation partnership in order to acquire a licence for a tool that is able to automatically transcribe and translate parliamentary multilingual debates in real time.

The tool will also be able to learn from corrections and supporting data as well as from user feedback, so as to enhance quality levels over time. The objective is to provide a useful service for members of the European Parliament in accessing debates on screen as well as to provide accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people who currently have no direct access to the debates of the European Parliament.The ultimate goal is to provide an automatic transcription and translation service for parliamentary debates covering the 24 official languages used by the institution.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 2 757 110.80 EUR
II.2)Description
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: LU LUXEMBOURG
NUTS code: BE10 Région de Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest
NUTS code: FRF1 Alsace
Main site or place of performance:

Mainly Brussels but also Strasbourg and Luxembourg + at the contractor's office.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The European Parliament has opted to award this contract under an innovation partnership procurement procedure, which will be carried out in two steps.

First step of the procedure — exclusion and selection criteria.

A minimum of three and maximum of five selected candidates will be admitted to the second step of the procedure. Where the number of candidates meeting the exclusion and selection criteria is below three, the European Parliament may continue the procedure by inviting the candidates with the required capacities.

Second step of the procedure — award

Candidates shortlisted during the first step were invited to submit a tender on the basis of the award criteria set out in point 15 of the specifications.

The European Parliament awarded a contract to the three best ranked tenderers according to the award evaluation criteria.

The three contractors will each develop a prototype of the tool as described in point 3 of the specifications (Stage 1 of the Innovation Partnership — integration of 10 languages).

At the end of stage 1, the prototype(s) will be evaluated by the European Parliament in accordance with the methodology described in point 6 of the technical specifications (see Annex VII of the specifications). The contractor whose prototype performs best in the evaluation will continue the work in stages 2: integration of nine languages and 3: integration of five languages of this innovation partnership. The contracts of non-retained contractors will be terminated.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Quality criterion - Name: Quality of the proposed solution / Weighting: 35 points
Quality criterion - Name: Quality of the IT aspects and technical support offered / Weighting: 30 points
Quality criterion - Name: Quality of the project management / Weighting: 15 points
Quality criterion - Name: Quality of the live demonstration / Weighting: 20 points
Price - Weighting: 50 points
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

The amount of EUR 2 757 110.80 EUR set out in point ‘II.1.7) Total value of the procurement’ is calculated as the total amount of the stage 1 of the innovation partnership plus the highest price proposed by a successful tenderer covering stages 2 and 3 of the innovation partnership.

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Innovation partnership
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2019/S 150-368516
IV.2.8)Information about termination of dynamic purchasing system
IV.2.9)Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: EP/TRAD/2019 LSTT - Rank 1
Title:

Live Speech to Text and Machine Translation Tool for 24 Languages

A contract/lot is awarded: yes
V.2)Award of contract
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract:
27/07/2020
V.2.2)Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 5
Number of tenders received from SMEs: 4
Number of tenders received by electronic means: 4
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: yes
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Official name: Cedat 85 S.R.L
Postal address: Piazza Carducci 28
Town: San Vito Dei Normanni
NUTS code: ITF4 Puglia
Postal code: 72019
Country: Italy
The contractor is an SME: yes
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Official name: Bertin IT S.A.S
Postal address: 10bis Avenue Ampère
Town: Montigny le Bretonneux
NUTS code: FR1 ILE-DE-FRANCE
Postal code: 78180
Country: France
The contractor is an SME: yes
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Official name: SDL Belgium N.V.
Postal address: Vital Decoster Straat 44B
Town: Leuven
NUTS code: BE2 VLAAMS GEWEST
Postal code: 3000
Country: Belgium
The contractor is an SME: yes
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 3 000 000.00 EUR
Total value of the contract/lot: 1 393 000.00 EUR
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: EP/TRAD/2019 LSTT - Rank 2
Title:

Live Speech to Text and Machine Translation Tool for 24 Languages

A contract/lot is awarded: yes
V.2)Award of contract
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract:
27/07/2020
V.2.2)Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 5
Number of tenders received from SMEs: 4
Number of tenders received by electronic means: 4
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: yes
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Official name: Translated S.R.L.
Postal address: Via Indonesia 23
Town: Roma
NUTS code: ITI4 Lazio
Postal code: 00144
Country: Italy
The contractor is an SME: yes
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Official name: PerVOICE S.P.A
Postal address: Viale Verona 190/1
Town: Trento
NUTS code: ITH NORD-EST
Postal code: 00144
Country: Italy
The contractor is an SME: yes
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 3 000 000.00 EUR
Total value of the contract/lot: 1 633 000.00 EUR
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting
The contract is likely to be subcontracted
Value or proportion likely to be subcontracted to third parties
Proportion: 15 %
Short description of the part of the contract to be subcontracted:

Foundation Bruno Kessler

Via Santa Croce, 77

38122 Trento - Italy

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: EP/TRAD/2019 LSTT - Rank 3
Title:

Live Speech to Text and Machine Translation Tool for 24 Languages

A contract/lot is awarded: yes
V.2)Award of contract
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract:
27/07/2020
V.2.2)Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 5
Number of tenders received from SMEs: 4
Number of tenders received by electronic means: 4
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Official name: Microsoft N.V.
Postal address: National Airport building 1k
Town: Zaventem
NUTS code: BE2 VLAAMS GEWEST
Postal code: BE 1930
Country: Belgium
The contractor is an SME: yes
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 3 000 000.00 EUR
Total value of the contract/lot: 2 240 110.80 EUR
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: General Court of the European Union
Postal address: rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: 2925
Country: Luxembourg
E-mail: GeneralCourt.Registry@curia.europa.eu
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Fax: +352 433766
Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu/
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
Official name: General Court of the European Union
Postal address: rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: 2925
Country: Luxembourg
E-mail: GeneralCourt.Registry@curia.europa.eu
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Fax: +352 433766
Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu/
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
25/08/2020