Three years long the iMobility Support project fostered the deployment of intelligent mobility in Europe by organising iMobility Forum activities including stakeholder networking, deployment support, awareness raising and dissemination of results. As elaboration or enhancement of documentation was one of the key activities the project focused on, under the work package “Support to ITS Deployment” numerous reports have been published. These documents address highly topical subjects like the coordination of standardisation of cooperative ITS, the assessment of existing certifications and future certification needs for cooperative ITS, deployment of eCall and the use of the instrument Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) to foster deployment of innovation in the mobility sector.
Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP)
Public authorities are key players for ITS deployment. But these relevant ITS stakeholders (like cities, regions, ministries, road authorities, etc.) are subject to the public procurement law, which has been in the past quite restrictive regarding the procurement of innovation. Alternative instruments like pre-commercial procurement (PCP) – in addition to the well-known procedures – can enable necessary innovations from the public side and can bridge the gap between R&D and real deployment. Nevertheless the knowledge about these instruments is often still patchy.
AustriaTech, which was responsible for the PCP task within the iMobility Support project, provided updated information about the current status of PCP on European level on a yearly basis. While the first PCP report (2013) concentrated on providing basic information about the instrument PCP in the area of intelligent mobility and gave an overview on currently running PCP projects across Europe, the second report (2014) is giving an inside view on the instrument pre-commercial procurement by focusing on lessons learned from currently ongoing or recently finalised PCP projects. The last PCP report (2015) was recently published at the beginning of this year and goes a step further by showing the differences of PCP Project models of Member States, the challenges of performing trans-national vs. national PCPs and is discussing important issues like special issues to consider when procuring a service and not a product, the suitability of PCP as an instrument to mitigate the “grand challenges” and suchlike.
PCP Handbook - “PCP Guide for ITS”
As these reports really go into detail in addition the “PCP Guide for ITS” has been published especially designed for PCP “newbies”. Giving them the basis information about the instrument, the actors, and the added value of PCP, a step by step guideline on how to implement a PCP enriched with tips and recommendations out or the PCP project practice and finally presenting four different case studies of PCP project from the mobility sector. This guide is a starter’s toolkit for interested public procurers, who want to try out or know more about “new ways” of handling their daily business. Currently AustriaTech is working on a German Version of the PCP Guide with a special focus on innovative procurement in Austria, which will be published this spring. These are only some highlights of the results of the iMobility Support project, focusing on PCP. Additional information (eCall, standardisation, certification, etc.) like for example the Standardisation Handbook can be found on the iMobility Support Website: http://www.imobilitysupport.eu/