CHARM market consultation Highways Agency

CHARM market consultation Highways Agency

Highways Agency (England) and Rijkswaterstaat (NL) have teamed up to form a consortium called CHARM, in order to have a new generation of traffic management (centre) systems developed, that may be jointly purchased.

UK-Bristol: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

2012/S 48-078960

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Highways Agency
Temple Quay House, 2 The Square
For the attention of: Ian Chalmers
BS1 6HA Bristol
Telephone: +44 1173728979

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

National or federal agency/office
I.3)Main activity

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

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

CHARM market consultation.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 27: Other services
England and Netherlands.
II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

Highways Agency (England) and Rijkswaterstaat (NL) have teamed up to form a consortium called CHARM, in order to have a new generation of traffic management (centre) systems developed, that may be jointly purchased. In order to provide assurance to the programme a Sounding Board has been assembled from other national network operators, presided by Flanders Department of Mobility and Works (MOW).
The systems will:
To a high extent to a high extent support HA and RWS traffic management processes, currently and within the foreseeable future.
Enable operational resilience (in case of fire, power failure, etc.).
Support an aspiration to move towards a managed service model.
Promote functional development during the operational phase, and prevent vendor lock-in.
Enable the total cost of ownership to be reduced significantly from the parties’ current generation of traffic management centres.
Large parts of the systems will be based on existing international standards and/or assembled from Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) products in various domains. The CHARM consortium wishes to consult suppliers in a wide range of industries on existing solutions and solutions that can be deployed to meet our needs.
A business process comparison between the 2 authorities was performed in 2011 and global system requirements are currently being drawn up. HA and RWS aim to present a well-substantiated business case for future TMC procurement to their respective boards by the end of 2012, based on industry consultation. Selected innovations will be developed in a parallel pre-commercial procurement (PCP) process (2013-2015).
The CHARM consortium would like to invite all interested parties to a industry event led by senior representatives from the consortium. This event will be held at Intertraffic Amsterdam on 29/3/12 commencing at 10:30 and finishing at 12:30. The event will provide an overview of the objectives of the CHARM programme and invite responses from interested parties. Those attending are invited to register as per Section II.7 below. Please reserve any questions for the day of the event.
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72000000, 72210000, 72250000, 72610000, 72310000, 72260000, 72421000, 72220000, 72320000, 72240000, 72230000, 72416000, 72420000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:

Interested parties are invited to register their interest in this event by sending an e-mail to the address at I.1 above.
Interested parties are advised that additional and separate registration for attendance at Intertraffic 2012 is necessary and this can be done at the Intertraffic 2012 web site.
In the event that the project proceeds to a tender process, the Contracting Authority intends to use an eTendering system in this procurement exercise and reserves the right to use a reverse auction.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Responding to this PIN is not a prerequisite for participation in any subsequent procurement, nor does it give any advantage to potential suppliers in that procurement suppliers will be advised in tender documents.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
VI.2)Additional information:

The Contracting Authority in Netherlands is:
Dienst Verkeer en Scheepvaart.
Schoemakerstraat 97.
2628 VK Delft
The Netherlands.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:6.3.2012