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France-Paris: Research and experimental development services
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Precommercial procurement to buy R&D services to develop deployable applications for synchronisation&monitoring of critical mobile broadband communication infrastructure & information assets for PPDR
This contract notice invites interested operators to submit tenders to a procurement. This PCP aims to trigger new solutions to be developed and tested to address the common challenge of the public safety organisations of the buyer’s group: seamless outdoor-indoor location, differentiation of persons involved, audio and video from drones, map on the fly, information related to gunshots, synchronisation of all recorded data and monitoring of quality and availability of the communication link.
The procurement will take the form of a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) under which R&D service contract will be awarded to a number of operators in parallel in a phased approach. This will make is possible to compare competing alternative solutions.
Each selected operator will be awarded a framework agreement that covers 3 R&D phases.
The 3 phases are:
- R&D up to solution design
- R&D up to prototype
- R&D up to original development, 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 is expected to take place at a minimum in the countries of the buyer’s group i.e. France, Finland and Estonia. It is possible that testing locations may also be in a stakeholder country. The procurement is estimated to commence in 31 January 2022 and end in 20 September 2024. 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 procurers.
This procurement receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 R&D grant agreement (No.101004213). The EU is not participating as a contracting authority in the procurement.
Participation in the open market consultation that was held as part of the preparation for this procurement is not a prerequisite for submitting a tender.
A briefing on the Request for Tender and a partnering event will be organised on February 22 from 10.00 to 16.00 at the FRMOI in Paris in an hybrid format. Details will be provided on https://www.broadgnss-info.eu
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
See address of lead procurer in Section 1.1.
The persons authorized to open the tenders will be designated by the lead procurer before the start of submission of the tenders.
Section VI: Complementary information
This procurement is exempted from the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), the EU public procurement directives and the national laws that implement them. This is because it concerns the procurement of R&D services where the benefits do not accrue exclusively to the contracting authority for its use in the conduct of its own affairs.
Publication of this contract notice in the EU Official Journal is not to be understood as a waiver of this exemption. Publication is made on a voluntary basis and the procurement, and the procurement will not follow the procedures under the EU public procurement directives, but rather the procedure described in the tender documentation.
The open procedure was chosen in Section IV.1.1) ‘Procedure’ for formal reasons only. This is because it is not possible to publish a contract notice without selecting one of the listed procedures.
All offers must be provided in French and in English, except for the technical aspects of the submission (Technical Offer) which may be submitted in English only. All communication before, during and after the procurement shall be carried out in English.
For more information, please consult the following:
Project website: https://www.broadgnss-info.eu/
Open market consultation information: https://www.broadgnss-info.eu/open-market-consultation-activity/
PCPs on the Europa website (see https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/policies/innovation-procurement)
Interested operators can ask questions about the procurement and tender documents by following the instructions in Section 7.6 of TD1-RFT.
The consultation is available on the French government procurement platform - PLACE: https:// www.marches-publics.gouv.fr
Questions should be asked to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tenders must be submitted on PLACE: https:// www.marches-publics.gouv.fr
The procurement is exempted from the EU public procurement directives (including the EU procurement remedies directives 89/665/EEC and 92/13/EEC – see above) and the national laws that implement them.
Publication of this notice in the Official Journal is not to be understood as a waiver of this exemption by the contracting authority.