The Education Authority (EA) has launched a new ‘Smart School Transport’ competition under the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) scheme.
The competition is aimed at digital solution providers to stimulate the development of innovative solutions to enable delivery of safer and more efficient home-to-school transport in Northern Ireland for approximately 90,000 children.
The EA ‘Smart School Transport’ competition is inviting bids from innovative companies that can provide cost-effective technologies, tools or processes to improve the utilisation of the EA fleet of approximately 800 buses and minibuses.
EA has been successful in securing a budget of £200,000 from SBRI to facilitate in the initiation of Phase 1 of the ‘Smart School Transport’ competition.
During Phase 1 of the competition applicants are expected to demonstrate the technical feasibility and commercial viability of proposed concepts. If applicants proposals are successful there may be follow on phases for development and testing.
A ‘Smart School Transport’ competition information session aimed at digital service providers was held on Wednesday 1 November 2017 in Belfast.
This information session included presentations from EA and the Innovation and Specialisation Branch at the Department for the Economy, who manage the SBRI competition. There was also an opportunity for attendees to present questions to the panel.
Copies of the presentations delivered at the information session can be requested by firstname.lastname@example.org. Details of questions and answers raised at the event will be updated on the eTEndersNI website on an ongoing basis.
EA ‘Smart School Transport’ competition bid documents are also available to download from the eTEndersNI website - www.etendersni.gov.uk.
The deadline for applications is 3pm on Friday 1 December 2017.