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This Prior Information Notice (PIN) relates to 2 services contracts, namely: 1. Transport Application Back Office (TABO); and 2. National ePurse. Both these services contracts shall be procured in parallel, albeit individually. It is intended that ...

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Transport Scotland
Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road
G4 0HF
United Kingdom
Contact person: Peter McGregor
Telephone: +44 1412727556
Fax: +44 1412727272
NUTS code: UKM

Internet address(es):

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
National or federal agency/office
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: transport

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Integrated Travel In Scotland - Smart Ticketing Infrastructure.

II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

This Prior Information Notice (PIN) relates to 2 services contracts, namely:

1. Transport Application Back Office (TABO); and

2. National ePurse.

Both these services contracts shall be procured in parallel, albeit individually. It is intended that Contract Notices for each of these contracts, shall be issued towards the end of March 2017.

Further information on the scope of services Transport Scotland wish to procure for each contract shall be provided by way of a forthcoming information day, to be held in Glasgow at 10:00 on Monday 20.3.2017.

The intention of the information day is to enable potential operators both to better understand the scope of services required by Transport Scotland, and to enable Transport Scotland to better understand the current market and future development of such systems, such that a productive procurement competition can be achieved.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 5 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKM
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

There are currently 2 elements to the central smart ticketing infrastructure system operated by the Scottish Ministers, one element is the ITSO central smart ticketing system and the second element is a parallel non-ITSO processing engine Transport Application Back Office (TABO). TABO uses the data from public transport operators in Scotland collected by the ITSO system to calculate and determine the eligible concessionary reimbursement and to report on and analyse this data.

The current TABO contract is due to expire. Consequently, Transport Scotland are now looking to procure a new replacement (including appropriate upgrades) TABO processing engine contract.

Furthermore, Transport Scotland are also looking to procure a new settlement system contract to support a Scottish National ePurse at this time.

TABO Contract

It is anticipated the TABO contract will include:

- Concessionary - Older and Disabled Scheme;

- Concessionary - Young Persons and Volunteer scheme;

- Concessionary - Rail and Ferry;

- Reporting and Analysis;

- Data Interfaces;

- User Authentication and Audit Trail;

- Commercial Travel;

- Bus Service Operators Grant;

- ePurse data reporting;

- Account Based Ticketing.

It is intended that the upgrade to the TABO system will be done in 2 phases. Phase 1 will include replacement of the existing TABO system and feature enhancement. Phase 2 will include further development of the system, including ITSO and non-ITSO based Account Based Ticketing (ABT), with batching of transaction before being settled to an account.

ePurse Contract

It is anticipated the ePurse contract will include:

- ITSO Type 2 ePurse.

- Generate reports that support the delivery of the ePurse scheme.

- Calculate ePurse transaction payments due to operators.

- Calculate ePurse top-up payments due from operators.

- Support post issuance ePurse product creation on any compatible smartcard with an ITSO shell.

- Customer facing web services.

A prerequisite of the ePurse contract, shall be that the Supplier must be registered and be accredited by the FCA Electronic Money regulations 2011 and registered with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

Transport Scotland will conduct the proposed procurement process on behalf of the Scottish Ministers. In the event of a contract award, the contract(s) will be entered into between the Scottish Ministers and the successful tenderer(s).

Transport Scotland will manage this process in an open and transparent manner to maximise the possible benefits. Participation or non-participation at this event will not preclude suppliers or advantage/disadvantage any supplier's ability to participate in any future procurement activity.

Direct or indirect canvassing of any Transport Scotland official concerning this requirement, or any attempt to procure information from any Transport Scotland official concerning this PIN outside of the formal process described in this document may result in the disqualification of the supplier from consideration of any future procurement activity.

No information contained in this document or in any communication made between Transport Scotland and any supplier in connection with this shall be relied upon as constituting a contract, agreement or representation that any contract shall be offered in accordance with this PIN.

Transport Scotland and the Scottish Ministers shall have no liability for any costs however incurred by those attending the information day, attendance at subsequent meetings, or involvement in the procurement competition.

The estimated total value in Section II.1.5) is the total value for both contracts. The estimated value of the TABO Contract is 4 500 000 GBP with 500 000 GBP per annum costs, and the estimated value of the ePurse Contract is 200 000 with 100 000 GBP per annum costs.

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

(SC Ref: 485131).

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: