Security Characteristics for Smart Metering Equipment

Development of Commercial Product Assurance (CPA – Foundation) Security Characteristics for Smart Metering Equipment

Contract value:£0 – £100,000. To develop Commercial Product Assurance (CPA-Foundation) security characteristics for smart metering equipment. 3.4 Once the DCC is operational and starts to enrol the installed smart meters into its operation, the DCC will require certainty that the smart meters it communicates with can meet predefined security levels.

Reference number: 514/11/2012

Deadline date:23/11/2012

This deadline is for… 5pm

Contract value:£0 – £100,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: United Kingdom Mainly at supplier premises with regular Working Group meetings and checkpoints likely to be in London

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

 

Description of the contract

To develop Commercial Product Assurance (CPA-Foundation) security characteristics for smart metering equipment. 3.4 Once the DCC is operational and starts to enrol the installed smart meters into its operation, the DCC will require certainty that the smart meters it communicates with can meet predefined security levels. As the DCC will not be procuring the smart meters, it will need to rely on external assurance and certification that the smart metering equipment meets the required level of security. 3.5 DECC and CESG would like to achieve the assurance required through CESG’s CPA – Foundation Grade scheme. The CPA development will define the security characteristics against which smart metering equipment will be tested. The testing will be undertaken by independent test laboratories. Appropriate SMETS equipment operated via DCC will need to have been certified under this scheme and would then be eligible for enrolment into DCC, subject to passing other non-security tests, such as interoperability. 3.6 A work package is required from an accredited CESG Test Laboratory, to develop the CPA – Foundation Grade Security Characteristics for smart metering equipment. We expect the supplier to form a Working Group of industry specialists and work closely with DECC and CESG to develop the security characteristics to be tested under the CPA scheme. When the security characteristics have been approved by DECC and CESG, they will be published to enable equipment manufacturers to have their equipment tested against the characteristics.

 

Classification of the contract

73431000 Test and evaluation of security equipment

72225000 System quality assurance assessment and review services

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 7 Months

 

Who to contact

Contact name Behrool Nubheebucus

Organisation name Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

Address Area Orchard 3, Lower ground Floor, 1 Victoria Street, London, United Kingdom, SW1H 0ET

Telephone 0300 068 6102

Extension number:

Fax

Web address www.decc.gov.uk

 

How to apply

If you wish to take part in this procurement please see the Tender documents attached to this Notice and send your completed Proposal to Behrool Nubheebucus at the e-mail address stipulated in the “Who to Contact” section. Any late submissions will not be considered. DECC reserves the right to halt the procurement process and to not award a contract. DECC will not be held liable for recovery of costs from unsuccessful bids if a contract is not awarded. All costs will be borne by the bidding organisations. If a contract is created it will be upon DECC Standard Terms and Conditions, which are available on the main DECC website – www.decc.gsi.gov.uk and will be issued to organisations invited to submit a tender bid. Completed tender submission must be returned by post to DECC, address given at the top of this advertisement, by 1700hrs Friday 23 November 2012. Please send electronic versions of your bids to behrool.nubheebucus@decc.gsi.gov.uk. Interviews, if deemed necessary, will be held in the week commencing 26 November 2012 (suppliers will be notified of this from the week commencing 26 November 2012). If successful and upon contract signature, the supplier is expected to attend a kick-off meeting taking place the week commencing 3 December 2012. Project completion is required by end March 2013.