The BroadWay team has today (19 February) launched a request for tenders to procure the innovation that will enable a pan-European interoperable broadband system for public safety, via a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) process.

The BroadWay team, which consists of 11 procurers from 11 European countries, was formed because its members recognise that crime and disasters do not recognise geographical boarders and that there is a corresponding need for European first-responders to be able to communicate, share and access information regardless of the country they intervene in.

The request for tenders will close on 3 June 2019, but before then there will be two events for interested parties to ask questions:

  • A webinar at 13:00 CET on 15 March 2019
  • A briefing event 10:00-16:00 26 March 2019 in central Brussels, Belgium

Those seeking to request the tender documents or to register for either event can do so via this link.

Once the request for tenders closes, the PCP process will be executed in three phases: solution design, solution prototype and pilot. The first phase is a feasibility study of the selected technologies and proposals. Then, a selection of the most promising concepts will be developed into well-defined prototypes and lab-tested in phase two. The third phase aims to verify and compare the first end-products in real-life situations.

Pre-commercial procurement challenges industry to develop innovative solutions for public sector needs and it provides a first customer reference that enables companies to create a competitive advantage on the market.

According to the contract notice for the process, it is valued at € 7,596,700 and will end on 22 April 2022.

The selected operators will retain ownership of the intellectual property that they will generate over the course of the pre-commercial procurement (PCP) development process. At least 75 per cent of the R&D services relating to the contract must take place in EU Member States or Associated Countries by 2020.

Further reading:
ASTRID User Days 2018: a review
BroadWay's push for European public safety roaming

Author: Sam Fenwick