For a major bid for a systems integrator (SI) to a large city in the England as part of its Smart Cities* programme Winning Tenders was asked to participate and produce a 100-page solution description.
This project was about the Hub – Control Room which would combine four different networks/systems:
• Alarms / separate CCTV
• Traffic Lights / separate CCTV.
These systems all existed previously in separate ‘silos’. Under this project all would be merged into one and relocated to the new Hub.
The SI would provide a common platform / portal. The common platform can then be commercialised so other councils and companies can use it and it will generate a revenue stream for the city.
The bid was in ‘POTI’ format – Processes, Organisation, Technology and Information -comprising:
• A 100-page solution description
• Compliance statements
• Technical specifications
• Implementation Plan
• Commercial section.
Winning Tenders attended several meetings on site and also visited the control room that would be used as a model for the new Hub. The solution description was composed ‘on the fly’ as supplier contributions arrived and could only be finalised an hour before the deadline!
The project was successful and our SI client was selected by the city as preferred bidder.
*The Smart Cities concept
A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate multiple information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets – the city’s assets include, but are not limited to, local departments’ information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, and other community services.
The goal of building a smart city is to improve quality of life by using urban informatics and technology to improve the efficiency of services and meet residents’ needs. ICT allows city officials to interact directly with the community and the city infrastructure and to monitor what is happening in the city, how the city is evolving, and how to enable a better quality of life. Using sensors integrated with real-time monitoring systems, data are collected from citizens and devices – then processed and analysed. The information and knowledge gathered are keys to tackling inefficiency.
Information and communication technology (ICT) is used to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of urban services, to reduce costs and resource consumption and to improve contact between citizens and government. Smart city applications are developed with the goal of improving the management of urban flows and allowing for real time responses to challenges. A smart city may therefore be more prepared to respond to challenges than one with a simple ‘transactional’ relationship with its citizens.
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