Pan-European Public-Safety Broadband System Request for Tenders Released
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 | Comments
The BroadWay project, which aims to procure a pan-European interoperable broadband system for public safety, released a request for tenders. More than 60 suppliers expressed interest in participating in the tender, which closes 3 June.

European first-responders need to be able to communicate, share and access information regardless of the country in which they intervene. The BroadWay project team consists of 11 procurers from 11 European countries to enable a pan-European broadband mobile system for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR).

Through a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) process, the project aims to find innovative solutions that surpass the current minimal operability to allow cross-border interoperability between national agencies. The challenge is divided into 11 objectives in the tender: practitioner evaluation and acceptance; application, device and innovation ecosystems; pan-European; SpiceNet governance; architecture; availability; security; technical validation; and standardized solutions.

“We are really grateful for the valuable feedback received from potential suppliers during our open market consultation,” said David Lund, BroadWay coordinator. “It’s now time to convert that into tenders for the development of designs, prototypes and a pan-European pilot to help our team to understand the ‘real’ possibilities to enable new pan-European mobile broadband capabilities for our crime-fighting and life-saving responders across Europe.”

Once the request for tenders is closed, the PCP process will be executed in three phases: solution design, solution prototype and pilot. PCP challenges industry to develop innovative solutions for public sector needs and provides a first customer reference that enables companies to create competitive advantage on the market.

The first phase of the PCP process is a feasibility study of the selected technologies and proposals. The most promising concepts will be developed into well-defined prototypes in phase two. Phase three aims to verify and compare the first end products in real-life situations. Finally, selected prototypes will be tested.

A briefing webinar is scheduled for 15 March, and a briefing event will be held 26 March in Brussels. During these events, the request for tenders documentation and process will be explained and participants can ask questions.

Tenders must be submitted on www.publicprocurement.be. The BroadWay project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and development program under grant agreement No. 786912.

More information on the request for tenders is here.

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