Awarded to WSP UK Limited

Start date: Friday 8 January 2021
Value: £308,000
Company size: large
Highways England

Off Network Technology - Connecting to edge of roadside devices

2 Incomplete applications

1 SME, 1 large

3 Completed applications

1 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Friday 23 October 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 30 October 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 6 November 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
This outcome will replace our outdated SPI-CE service proposition and linked specifications used by our supply chain and operational regions with a specification meeting current requirements.
Latest start date
Monday 23 November 2020
Expected contract length
Up to 24 months
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Highways England
Budget range
Up to £280k over contract period

About the work

Why the work is being done
At Highways England we know that our technology services which connect our customers, control rooms and roadside services are critical to smooth road network operations.
As part of our current I&T Transformation programme we have the opportunity to assess our current capability and develop our operating model in terms of our expert technology product design and engineering services.

This outcome covers discovery of a suitable replacement service to enable connectivity to roadside edge devices that cannot connect directly to our core transmission network but are part of critical operational services
Problem to be solved
Our current SPI-CE (Special Protocol Interface - (Win)CE solution for connected remote edge devices is beyond end of life and requires an appropriate replacement service offering
We need to undertake critical discovery work to quickly understand our options and to put in place a roadmap enabling further service design to start.
Who the users are and what they need to do
This service directly impacts our customers who are road users and our control room colleagues within Operations
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
The basis of this work will be to replace the current published G-NAT (MCE 1216) specification with a new solution.
(MCE 1216) specification available to view in the TSS Plans Registry website:
Existing team
This outcome will delivered in partnership with our current Architecture, Design and Technology Services team.
Current phase
Not started

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Remote Working
Possible meetings at our offices in;
Temple Quay House, Bristol
The Cube, Birmingham
NTLC, West Hallam nr Derby
Working arrangements
This team is expected to form an integral part of our group working with one of our engineering subject matter experts
Security clearance
Baseline Security Check

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of Highways England's SPI-CE technology and value to the business.
  • Demonstrate how HE could utilise other technologies or services to achieve the same or better and more efficient service for SPI-CE end devices.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of communications services for integrated transport
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Demonstrate a current understanding of Highways England's Operational Technology Services and Systems and how SPI-CE fits into that picture.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Demonstrate how you will deliver the strategy for the update and delivery of the SPI-CE replacement service (23%)
  • Demonstrate how you can deliver a product roadmap for SPI-CE replacement (22%)
  • Demonstrate how you would design and build a service wrap for the SPI-CE replacement solution, integrating with existing solutions (15%)
  • Demonstrate how you will plan and execute a robust and effective communication and marketing plan for SPI-CE including the provision of materials (10%)
Cultural fit criteria
  • Place safety of ourselves, our workforce and our customers as number one priority (2%)
  • Take ownership of work tasks with limited supervision (4%)
  • Considers new and innovative ways of working (2%)
  • Acts with integrity in delivering the service (2%)
Payment approach
Time and materials
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




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