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Introduction to PCP

Detailed information about the concept of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) process - the legal tool being used to run the SELECT for Cities competition - is provided here for those that are interested, along with an optional explanatory video.
Via Pre Commercial Procurement (PCP) processes, a government can procure research on and develop new innovative solutions, thus explore and test products and services that are not yet commercially available on the market.
The SELECT for Cities project searches for new technologies to design, research and develop “cities as linked and large-scale IoE labs”, with the common challenge lying in developing an open, standardized, data-driven, service-oriented and user-centric platform for European cities that enables large-scale co-creation, testing and validation of urban IoE applications and services.
The technologies and solutions shall be acquired by using a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) process, enabling the procurers to share the risks and benefits. The PCP process will be managed through a number of stages:


  • CONCEPT PHASE (PHASE 0) - Runs till July 2016:  The starting phase takes the form of a market consultation open to a large amount of interested parties to help the procuring cities collect insight into the market, including the state of the art and future developments in order to prepare an adequate call for proposals.

       Outcome: Challenge fine-tuned + input for PCP procedure and contract notice.

  • DESIGN PHASE (PHASE 1) - Runs from November 2016 till May 2017: In the design phase, the companies selected receive a budget to elaborate their concept into a competitive solution. Of course the design must give a response to the challenge formulated. 

       Outcome: Concept design & feasibility study (conceptual, technological, financial)

  • PROTOTYPE PHASE (PHASE 2) - Runs from May 2017 till January 2018: The most promising designs are elaborated into a well outlined and functioning prototype. We then evaluate which prototypes best meet the requirements of the challenge. 

       Outcome: Functioning prototype, a test roadmap, and a preliminary business plan

  • PILOT PHASE (PHASE 3) - Runs from February 2018 till February 2019: We compare and evaluate the functional and technical properties of the solutions in an operational environment. A limited number of candidates will elaborate the pilot on a bigger scale.

       Outcome: Validated prototypes


















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