Supply of Channel Emulator

Supply of Channel Emulator

Funding has been awarded by the UK EPSRC (Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council) to replace our existing wireless channel emulator with state-of-the-art equipment and specifications.

United Kingdom-Bristol: Terminal emulators

2015/S 073-128776

Contract notice

Supplies

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

University of Bristol
1 to 9 Old Park Hill
For the attention of: Mr Matthew Coote
BS2 8BB Bristol
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1173317294
E-mail: matthew.coote@bristol.ac.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.bris.ac.uk

Electronic access to information: https://tender.bris.ac.uk/procontract/bristol/supplier.nsf/frm_home?openForm

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://tender.bris.ac.uk/procontract/bristol/supplier.nsf/frm_home?openForm

Further information can be obtained from: University of Bristol
1 to 9 Old Park Hill
Contact point(s): NUTS code: UKK11
For the attention of: Mr Matthew Coote
BS2 8BB Bristol
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1173317294
E-mail: matthew.coote@bristol.ac.uk

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: University of Bristol
1 to 9 Old Park Hill
Contact point(s): NUTS code: UKK11
For the attention of: Mr Matthew Coote
BS2 8BB Bristol
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1173317294
E-mail: matthew.coote@bristol.ac.uk

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: University of Bristol
1 to 9 Old Park Hill
Contact point(s): NUTS code: UKK11
For the attention of: Mr Matthew Coote
BS2 8BB Bristol
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1173317294
E-mail: matthew.coote@bristol.ac.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity

Education

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Supply of Channel Emulator.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Supplies
Purchase

NUTS code UKK11

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Background Information:
The Communication Systems and Network Group at the University of Bristol combines fundamental academic research with a strong level of industrial application in the area of wireless communications. The Group has well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment and first-class computational facilities. For more than 25 years the Group has worked alongside industry to develop and exploit key connectivity technologies. Examples include: Bandwidth efficient modulation and coding; Smart antenna solutions; Efficient linear power amplifiers; Flexible RF transceivers; High-throughput wireless LANs; Multiple antenna (MIMO) architectures and algorithms; Vehicular and Car-2-car communications, Green radio and mmWave communications.
Funding has been awarded by the UK EPSRC (Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council) to replace our existing wireless channel emulator with state-of-the-art equipment and specifications aligned to waveforms for 5G and beyond (2020+) wireless connectivity.
Reliable end-to-end, spectrum and energy efficient wireless access necessitates the co-design of the physical layer (PHY), medium access control (MAC) and the core network. Although computer simulation plays an important role in the design and optimisation of such systems, given the complexity of modern networks hardware-in-the-loop and the use of channel emulation provides a vital insight to system behaviour and allows rigorous testing of algorithms, real-time optimisation of parameters (including cross layer operations) and RF system components.
Current Situation:
The University of Bristol have made extensive use of a pair of Elektrobit C8 channel emulators purchased through SRIF SEMANTIC funding some 10 years ago. It is proposed here to replace this facility (16 x 33 MHz simplex channels with limited memory and Doppler processing) with a state-of-the-art multi-channel (8 x 8 FDD duplex) wideband (160 MHz) wireless. This will support channel bandwidths commensurate with the evolving trends in communication system waveform design and is capable of reproducing highly dynamically varying channels (Doppler aka high speed trains).
The Objective:
The selected equipment should support communication networking research and address crosscutting challenges of transmission, switching, optimization and control of wireless access also within the context of SDN and vehicular communications.
The specific mandatory and desirable characteristics of the system required are detailed in the Invitation to Tender document.
As set out in II.2, the estimated duration of the contract is a minimum of 12 months, and maximum of 60 months. The University of Bristol is carrying out the procurement on behalf of itself as principal and it is not envisaged that any other person(s) or body shall have access to the contract.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

32442300

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one lot only

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

See Invitation to Tender documents.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 500 000 and 525 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: Supply of Channel Emulator

1)Short description

Background InformationThe Communication Systems and Network Group at the University of Bristol combines fundamental academic research with a strong level of industrial application in the area of wireless communications. The Group has well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment and first-class computational facilities. For more than 25 years the Group has worked alongside industry to develop and exploit key connectivity technologies. Examples include: Bandwidth efficient modulation & coding; Smart antenna solutions; Efficient linear power amplifiers; Flexible RF transceivers; High-throughput wireless LANs; Multiple antenna (MIMO) architectures & algorithms; Vehicular and Car-2-car communications, Green radio and mmWave communications. Funding has been awarded by the UK EPSRC (Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council) to replace our existing wireless channel emulator with state-of-the-art equipment and specifications aligned to waveforms for 5G and beyond (2020+) wireless connectivity. Reliable end-to-end, spectrum and energy efficient wireless access necessitates the co-design of the physical layer (PHY), medium access control (MAC) and the core network. Although computer simulation plays an important role in the design and optimisation of such systems, given the complexity of modern networks hardware-in-the-loop and the use of channel emulation provides a vital insight to system behaviour and allows rigorous testing of algorithms, real-time optimisation of parameters (including cross layer operations) and RF system components. Current Situation: The University of Bristol have made extensive use of a pair of Elektrobit C8 channel emulators purchased through SRIF SEMANTIC funding some 10 years ago. It is proposed here to replace this facility (16 x 33 MHz simplex channels with limited memory and Doppler processing) with a state-of-the-art multi-channel (8 x 8 FDD duplex) wideband (160 MHz) wireless. This will support channel bandwidths commensurate with the evolving trends in communication system waveform design and is capable of reproducing highly dynamically varying channels (Doppler aka high speed trains).The Objective The selected equipment should support communication networking research and address crosscutting challenges of transmission, switching, optimization and control of wireless access also within the context of SDN and vehicular communications. The specific mandatory and desirable characteristics of the system required are detailed in the Invitation to Tender document. As set out in II.2, the estimated duration of the contract is a minimum of 12 months, and maximum of 60 months. The University of Bristol is carrying out the procurement on behalf of itself as principal and it is not envisaged that any other person(s) or body shall have access to the contract.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

32442300

3)Quantity or scope

See Invitation to Tender documents.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 500 000 and 525 000 GBP

4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

5)Additional information about lots

This is a Supplies contract for a single piece of equipment with optional integrated maintenance which is not suitable for division into lots.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

See Invitation to Tender documents.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

See Invitation to Tender documents.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: See Invitation to Tender documents.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: See Invitation to Tender documents.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
See Invitation to Tender documents.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged number of operators: 0

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

9URK-S3S8RC
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 14.5.2015 – 14:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

14.5.2015 – 14:00

IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

14.5.2015

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

VI.3)Additional information

Interested parties should register on the University’s e-tender portal, ProContract at the following link:https://tender.bris.ac.uk/procontract/bristol/supplier.nsf/frm_home?openForm to download the Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents. Tender responses must be submitted via the ProContract portal by the deadline specified at Section IV.3.4. Electronic payment will be used for this Contract.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: In accordance with regulation 86 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, UOB will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period starting from when the intention to award the contract was notified to the bidders. Unsuccessful bidders will be provided with an Award Decision Notice. Bidders have a right to appeal provided for within the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Any such proceedings must be brought in the High Court of England and Wales.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

10.4.2015

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