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Tender description

The Driver Innovation Safety Challenge (DISC) aims to support the development and delivery of a solution to identify and alert when a driver or operator is at risk of losing focus or consciousness when in charge of a vehicle or machinery. If a risk is detected, the solution is expected to alert the control room through a green/amber/red alert system. The DISC project is an innovation partnership procurement offering up to 20 000 GBP of funding per partner, to up to 5 partners for R&D and testing over a project life of up to 18 months which, if successful, may award a framework agreement for up to a 3 year period to a single partner.

Legal, economic, financial and technical information

List and brief description of conditions
Relevant selection criteria will be included in the ESPD Scotland module.
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract


Local time
Notice number in the OJ S
2019/S 055-126160
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated
Type of procedure
Languages in which projects or requests to participate may be drawn up
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement
Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Complementary information

This is a recurrent procurement
Body responsible for mediation procedures

The City of Edinburgh Council

Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street



+44 1314693922

Additional information

1) Framework size:

The estimated framework value is estimated at up to 3 000 000-3 500 000 GBP. The named authorities are as follows:

Edinburgh Trams Ltd, Lothian Buses PLC, Transport for London, Nottingham Trams Ltd, West Midlands Combined Authority, South Yorkshire Supertram Ltd, North East Combined Authority, Transport for Greater Manchester, Blackpool Transport Services Ltd, Glasgow City Council, City of Edinburgh Council, Fife Council, East Ayrshire Council, Shetland Islands Council.

2) Intellectual property rights:

All background intellectual property is and shall remain the property of the originating party or its licensors. All foreground IPR shall be assigned by the partner to the Council on creation and shall be assigned by the Council to the partner on termination or expiry of this agreement, subject to conditions as stated within the innovation partnership agreement (to be issued at tender stage).

3) Process:

There will be 3 phases to the tender process — ESPD, tender stage, R&D.

4) Tender evaluation:

Price is subject to a pass/fail based upon maximum costs and agreement to complete the R&D for a maximum of 20 000 GBP CAN DO funding. Quality evaluation will form 100 percent of the scored content including the Demonstration day, with negotiations and down-selection taking place throughout the process.

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland website at

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the postbox facility. A user guide is available at

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see:

A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows:

— examples of community benefits — for information only,

— targeted recruitment and training e.g. jobs, training, work experience, job shadowing opportunities, apprenticeships for young persons and unemployed individuals,

— supported employment for people with disabilities or other disadvantaged groups,

— promotion of job opportunities through local agencies,

— training for existing workforce,

— mentoring — suppliers offering support and guidance to local organisations and individuals,

— suppliers using community venues and other community services,

— promotion of certain supply chain subcontractors (SMEs, social enterprises, supported businesses, third sector organisations),

— the staff of suppliers undertaking volunteering within communities,

— community enhancement — resources provided for community facilities (e.g. playgrounds, habitat enhancements, environmental improvements) and initiatives (e.g. energy efficiency),

— outreach and education opportunities within the community to those associated with or impacted by the types of service provided e.g. promoting careers in construction and trades or care and support to local schools,

— sponsorship of local organisations,

— community consultation, engagement and strengthening community relations,

— equal opportunities in terms of the supplier’s staffing and access to services,

— user involvement from the outset.

(SC Ref:593619)

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Date of dispatch of this notice
Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

The City of Edinburgh Council

Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street



+44 1314693922

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures

A tenderer that suffers loss as a result of a breach of duty under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015 may bring proceedings in the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session. The City of Edinburgh Council (the Council) will have a minimum standstill period of 10 days before awarding the contract. The communication of the award decision notice will be sent by fax or email to all tenderers with the standstill period commencing on the next day. If proceedings are started in the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session against the Council in respect of the decision to award the contract within the standstill period then the Council is prevented from awarding the contract. Post contract award the Sheriff Court or the Court of Session may:

1) Award damages provided proceedings are brought within 3 months from the date when the grounds for the bringing of the proceedings first arose;

2) Be entitled to issue an ineffectiveness order or impose a financial penalty on the Council. A claim for an ineffectiveness order must be made within 30 days of the contract award notice being published in the OJEU or within 30 days of the date those who expressed an interest in or otherwise bid for the contract were informed of the conclusion of the contract or in any other case within 6 months from the date on which the contract was entered into.

Review body

The City of Edinburgh Council

Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street



+44 1314693922

Main CPV code 35113000

Bidding information

Bidding deadline

12 Sep 2019

0 days remaining

Total estimated value

Not specified


United Kingdom, Edinburgh



GBP Not specified

A) Challenge objectives:

To increase safety measures implemented across public sector vehicles (bus, bin lorries, tram, etc.), the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) and Edinburgh Trams (ET) aim to implement measures to reduce and mitigate the likelihood of fatigue and health related incidents such as the Bin Lorry accident and Sandilands Junction tram crash. The solution should be suitable for multiple forms of public transport.

Emergency braking systems are installed in all UK trams. If a driver loses consciousness, the tram will automatically stop. Through DISC, the Authorities intend to be not only reactive, but pre-emptive: DISC aims to support the development of a solution able to capture early-signs of loss of focus, consciousness/alertness/paralysis, or similar, to mitigate incidents before they occur.

Bidders to DISC are expected to develop a consolidated solution, which can monitor and analyse driver biometrics so that the early signs of loss of consciousness, in an operator in charge of a vehicle or machinery can be picked up immediately and interventions made by the control centre.

For fatigue, we include both:

(i) micro sleep detection;

(ii) focus level evaluation; and

(iii) prediction of (i) and (ii) based on previously captured data; with the solution able to provide a real-time alert to both operator and control room.

For common health conditions that may lead to unconsciousness, the project is not prescriptive regarding the range of acute or chronic disturbance/incidence monitored which may lead to a reduction in the ability of an operator to manage a vehicle or machine safely. The solution must be able to provide a real-time alert to both driver and control room.

The DISC solution is not required to be a medical grade device and is not expected to lead to a diagnosis, but instead alert the control room if the driver has a reduced capability to operate the vehicle safely. Bidders are expected to develop a green/amber/red alert scoring methodology reflecting the risk.

If a sufficiently ‘high risk’ profile or incident is detected, it is anticipated that an appropriate message/alarm will be displayed both to the driver and to the control room, making the control team aware in real time of risks to passengers (citizens) from changes in the drivers’ ability to operate the vehicle safely, and allowing for a timely intervention to be taken. The Authorities’ service management must be able to extract in a report the fatigue and health data collected by the device, underlying the alert system, to share as appropriate with medical staff.

B) R&D Funding:

A preliminary market analysis in 2018 indicated that no solution is available in the market integrating both health and fatigue data-analytics facets into a consolidated system.

ET and the CEC acknowledge that bidders will need to carry out R&D to meet this core requirement.

To support the bidders, companies selected to be part of the Innovation Partnership may receive up to a maximum of 20 000 GBP per bidder in can do innovation challenge funding.

C) Single supplier framework agreement:

The successful innovation partner will be awarded a single supplier framework agreement for a duration of 3 years. The estimated framework value is estimated at up to 3 000 000-3 500 000 GBP.

Additional information

Bidders may have up to 18 months to develop a fully operational, and integrated, solution; and demonstrate its performance through testing. The ESPD/Tender process is estimated to run up to 31.3.2020 with the innovation partnership up to December 2020. The framework agreement will be for a period of 36 months.

Maximum number


Award criteria




Main site or place of performance

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