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Muntstroom

The Project in Brief
Why the name Muntstroom?
What is a PCP?
Budget
Collaboration with business support services
Support from Innoviris and EAFIP
Results PCP phase 0: Market consultations
Participation in the Muntstroom Living Lab PCP

For a quick introduction, watch this Muntstroom video

the Muntstroom video - click on the image

The Project in Brief

The Muntstroom project is the first Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) in the field of pedestrian flow analysis in Europe and is intended to make the Brussels-Capital Region more attractive to pedestrians. Measuring and analysing people flows provides insight in how people use the city. On the basis of these insights, it is possible, for instance, to determine the shortest, safest, and most convenient routes for going from point A to point B. Information that could, for example, be added to mobility apps.
The Muntstroom project is initiated by four public buyers: STIB-MIVB (lead), CIRB-CIBG, Brussels Mobility and parking.brussels. Those public buyers would like to be the launching customer for an integrated end-to-end solution for the outdoor and indoor monitoring of people flow. Indeed, research showed that the desired integrated solution, and specific elements thereof, do not yet exist.
After the successful completion of the project, the public buyers intend to initiate a public procurement around the developed solution, based on the lessons learned from the project. This is phase 4: Procurement of Innovative Solutions, in the figure below.

The different pases of Innovation procurement

The different phases of innovation procurement. Phase 0: curiosity driven research. Phase 1: solution design. Phase 2: prototype development. Phase 3: original development ans testing in living lab. Phase 4: deployment of commercial volumes of end-products.

Why the name Muntstroom?

The name Muntstroom on the one hand refers to the Place de la Monnaie/Muntplein in Brussels, where we want to test the developed solution, and on the other to pedestrian flow.

The Place de la Monnaie/Muntplein is the perfect ecosystem in which to carry out a people flow analysis, as it is home to car parks, tram and bus stops, metro trains and buses, cycle parks, a library (Muntpunt), shopping centres, shopping streets, a large number of offices, restaurants and catering establishments, hotels and the Opera. It is a busy, complex location that is traversed by a lot of people each day.

What is a PCP?

PCP stands for Pre-Commercial Procurement or Pre-Commercial Purchase. Via a PCP project a government or local authority seeks to buy/acquire innovation, more specifically the development of services/products not yet commercially available. A PCP is an important instrument to:

  • Strengthen the international competitiveness of trade and industry;
  • Enable the government to optimise its own performance and services and address major social challenges in the most efficient way possible.

A PCP has 4 phases:  

  • Phase 0: Market Consultation
  • Phase 1: Solution design
  • Phase 2: Prototypes development
  • Phase 3: Prototypes testing in living lab

An evaluation is carried out after each phase and eligible businesses are invited to submit a tender for the next phase. A PCP usually results in a solution which has been developed to a TRL level of 7 or 8, and so not fully ready for use.
On the basis of the PCP outcomes, the public buyers can place a follow-up innovation order in the form of a Public Procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI).

The different pases of Innovation procurement

The different phases of innovation procurement. Phase 0: curiosity driven research. Phase 1: solution design. Phase 2: prototype development. Phase 3: original development ans testing in living lab. Phase 4: deployment of commercial volumes of end-products.

Budget

The foreseen total maximum budget for co-financing the R&D is € 500.000. This budget does not include the public procurement of the to-be-developed solution (PPI), as a result of this PCP. The budget will be allocated among the selected consortia and across the 3 PCP phases. The exact figures will be included in the PCP’s specifications.

Collaboration with business support services

To create sufficient exposure for the Muntstroom project, the public buyers will work together with four intermediary organizations: EASME, Agoria, BECI and hub.brussels. These parties will help reach the most innovative businesses within Brussels, Belgium, and Europe. Additionally, they will help identify the matchmaking needs and – if and when required – subsequently support the matchmaking activities by reaching out to their respective networks.
 

Support from Innoviris and EAFIP

The project is supported by:

  • Innoviris, the institute for the promotion of scientific research and innovation of the Brussels-Capital Region.
  • European Assistance For Innovation Procurement (EAFIP) – this initiative, set up and funded by the European Commission (DG CONNECT) supports European procurement services in their procurement of innovative IT solutions, promotes best practices and provides assistance and information in the field of innovation procurement.

Results PCP phase 0: Market consultations

PCP phase 0 took place in 2020. Two market consultations were drawn up:

  • an Open Market Consultation (OMC) to give technology suppliers the possibility to provide feedback
  • an Open Client Dialogue (OCD) to give potential end-users of people flow data the possibility to provide feedback

Available documents:

Participation in a PCP

Overview RfT documents + webinar

You can now download the Request for Tender-documents that were published.

On 28 September we organised a webinar to explain the Muntstroom PCP tender in more detail. You can review the webinar and download the slides.

The use of the Belgian e-Procurement platform + webinar

The Belgian e-Procurement platform will be used for the publication of the tender document, asking questions and the submission of offers. We therefore recommend interested foreign parties to register for this platform as soon as possible. See some information below.

On 24 September we organised a webinar on the functioning of the Belgian e-Procurement platform. You can review the webinar and download the slides

The following information may be found helpful when registering on the platform:

Registering for news

If you wish to be informed about any development around the Muntstroom PCP, please send an email to muntstroom@stib-mivb.brussels.

Provisional tender planning

When? What's planned?
  Pre-commercial tender
17 September

Publication of contract notice and tender documents
on Belgium e-Procurement platform and TED

23 September, 5 p.m. Deadline for registering for webinar 1 (via muntstroom@stib-mivb.brussels)
24 September, 10-11 a.m. Webinar 1: registration e-procurement platform
27 September, 5 p.m. Deadline for registering for webinar 2 (via muntstroom@stib-mivb.brussels)
28 September, 10-11 a.m. Webinar 2: Request for Tender docs
12 October, 4 p.m. Deadline for sending in questions (via Belgian e-Procurement platform)
22 October Publication Question & Answers-document (on Belgian e-Procurement platform)
29 October, 5 p.m. Deadline for submitting offers (via Belgian e-Procurement platform)
29 October, 5.30 p.m. Opening of the tenders
  Evaluation offers + next steps
19 November Provisional award
13 December Final award decision + GO framework contracts PCP-phase 1
  PCP-phase 1
14 December Start PCP-phase 1

 

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