Communications Equipment Tender for London Underground
Deep Tube Programme (“DTP”) – Railway Control System – High Bandwidth Communications Technology Options in a Deep Tunnel Environment.
UK-London: communications equipment
Periodic indicative notice – utilities
This notice is a call for competition: no
This notice aims at reducing time-limits for receipt of tenders: no
Section I: Contracting entity
London Underground Limited (“LUL”)
Deep Tube Project, 2nd Floor, Albany House, Petty France
Contact point(s): DTP Commercial Team
For the attention of: Neil McFadden
SW1H 0BD London
General address of the contracting entity: http://www.tfl.gov.uk
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Urban railway, tramway, trolleybus or bus services
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 27: Other services
The Deep Level Tube lines consist of small bore tunnels with cast iron tunnel segments and rolling stock that effectively plug the tunnel due to very tight gauging. This makes for a very difficult environment in which to transmit airborne communications signals.
In addition to the current technologies used by LUL in delivering signalling and train control solutions, LUL is very interested in hearing from suppliers of wireless technology with capabilities that meet the following functional requirements:
Priority 1 – Train Control Data (64Kb/s), Critical CCTV (3.5 – 8 Mb/s), Staff audio (128Kb/s).
Priority 2 – Passenger Audio (128Kb/s).
Priority 3 – Passenger CCTV (3.5 – 8 Mb/s).
Priority 4 – SCADA (1 Mb/s).
Priority 5 – Internet services (Unknown – estimate required).
Priority 1 to 4 data must be delivered simultaneously, as follows:
— Train Control Data,
— Critical CCTV,
— 2 audio channels, and
— 2 passenger CCTV channels.
All of the above must be possible from a single train and from every train between transmission equipment.
LUL needs validation that:
— The above functionality can be delivered via broadband technology without the use of leaky feeders (radiating cables) in the 5.8 GHz unlicensed ISM band.
— If a Supplier believes other technologies exist that are better suited to the requirements stated within this notice then these technologies should be recommended with an explanation as to why they are better suited.
LU also needs validation that:
— Train control data can be delivered without the use of leaky feeders (radiating cables) in the Broadband 2.4 GHz Unlicensed ISM band.
— Any LTE solution is commercially viable insofar as it is possible to procure licensed bandwidth within the LTE frequencies for dedicated railway use.
LUL believes that the management of a large mesh network of moving remote terminals is well understood by the relevant industries. The area of concern is more predominantly the reliable, cost effective performance of a high-bandwidth communications link between trains and trackside assets operating in the environment described above.
As such, it is expected that any response to this notice response covers the availability of technology to provide this communications link with the appropriate level of performance and service, that can interoperate with a larger network. If the assumption made by LU is deemed to be incorrect, then a challenging view is welcomed.
Suppliers should include their product information and examples of where they have fitted such wireless systems elsewhere and in environments as challenging as the one described in this notice. Suppliers should also provide details of the reliability of the product in service operation. LUL may invite Suppliers to discuss their products in more detail.
This is not a stage in a formal competitive process and it should be stated that not participating in this initial technical dialogue will not restrict your ability to participate in any future competitive process. It is not the purpose of this technical dialogue to procure any part of the solution. Its purpose is to provide LUL with information on what is available and what is being developed in the market place. It is necessary to understand current trends and innovation of wireless communications systems in order to establish how best to support a railway system that is not expected to be fully operational before 2020 at the earliest. It is recognised that the pace of change of technology requires that insight into current innovation and developments are gained to ensure the solutions designed are not obsolete before implementation. Its purpose therefore is to allow interested parties with appropriate experience to participate in the development of a strategic solution for the network infrastructure to support the operation of the DTP run by LUL. The deadline for receipt of completed responses is 12 noon on Friday 7.12.2012.
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LUL (nor any member of the TfL Group) shall be liable for any costs incurred by any person or entity in connection with this PIN. Any expenditure, work or effort carried out by any person or entity prior to any contract award is a matter solely for their commercial judgment. The information contained in this PIN has been prepared by LUL in good faith to assist interested parties in understanding the DTP. It does not purport to be comprehensive, have been independently verified, or contain all of the information that a person or entity may require in relation to any future procurement process. Neither LUL, nor any member of the TfL group (nor their directors, partners, employees, agents or advisers), has any liability or responsibility for the adequacy, accuracy, or completeness of, and makes no representation or warranty (express or implied), with respect to, the information contained in the PIN or with respect to any written or oral information made, or to be made available to any interested person or entity or its professional advisers,and any liability therefore is excluded.
This notice is for information purposes only, and where required, a separate Contract OJEU Notice will be issued to start any formal pre-qualification process.
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:16.11.2012