BroadGNSS Project Extends Market Consultation Dates
Friday, April 30, 2021 | Comments

The BroadGNSS project published a document April 26 that extended the dates for its open market consultation period. The market consultation period will present the challenges and goals of the project as well the pre-commercial procurement process (PCP).

From 2 June to the end of the month, an online questionnaire will be available on the project’s website. The project will also host a webinar with details on 2 June. Final details and registration for that webinar will be available three weeks before the event.

Finally, the project will host a partnering event 3 November. If it is possible to travel by that time, taking into account the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will occur in Paris. Otherwise, it will take place virtually. Like the webinar, details of the event will be available three weeks beforehand.

During the last quarter of 2021, the project will launch a request for tender (RFT) to buy research and development (R&D) services to develop deployable applications for synchronization and monitoring of critical mobile broadband communications infrastructure and information assets for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) services. When the RFT is closed, the PCP will be executed in three phases, ending in May 2024.

In the first phase of the PCP, contractors will develop their designs for solutions and test platforms. A second phase will include prototype development of the solutions that are evaluated as most promising. This will be followed by a third phase where contractors will deliver pilot solutions and test processes. Eventually, one or a few of the remaining solutions will be selected for potential commercial rollout.

The BroadGNSS project started in December 2020 and involves five partners from five European countries: the buyer’s group (France, Finland, Estonia); Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE) (Belgium) as the coordinator, giving its expertise in strategic procurement management; and OHB Digital Solutions (Austria), which provides expert technical support to the consortium.

With a grant of €3.6 million from the European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Agency under the Horizon 2020 program, the consortium will use €2.5 million of the grant for the PCP. In particular, the three-partner buyer’s group will collectively buy R&D services to develop deployable applications for synchronization and monitoring of critical mobile broadband communication infrastructure and information assets for PPDR.

The BroadGNSS project follows the success of the BroadMap study, which essentially identified user needs to guide the future procurement of R&D to support the PPDR and critical communications community. These findings proved to be a fundamental input for the subsequent BroadWay PCP, which is currently procuring innovation solutions to develop technology readiness level 8 (TRL8) technologies that will enable a pan-European interoperable broadband mobile system for PPDR. In turn, the BroadMap study will continue in BroadGNSS as it brings together European partners to work closely together to procure solutions to its common challenge.

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