Barcelona City Council has held two preliminary market consultations for invitation-to-tender processes. One of these is enshrined in the city’s change of energy model, to be more specific, focusing on innovation in communications with citizens, based on Barcelona City Council’s Energy Information Points (Totems). The other falls under the area of social rights and deals with solutions for developing and implementing innovations that ensure greater optimised use of public resources in the area of social-services demand. Both consultations are part of RIS3CAT’s Innovative Public Procurement Programme. The event was held on 4 December in the Horta-Guinardo district.
The goal behind these open consultations is, on the one hand, to provide information on invitation-to-tender processes, so as to ensure the broadest possible participation of interested parties and, on the other, to find out the technical features and quality of the solutions proposed by the market. This enables the interested parties to contribute comments and suggestions for consideration by the procurement bodies during the preparation of the invitations to tender.
Open market consultations on Totems (energy efficiency)
Barcelona City Council aims to involve citizens in the city’s change of energy model. That is why the Area of Urban Ecology convened an open market consultation (OMC) before the invitation-to-tender process.
The project will centre mainly on innovation in communication with citizens, based on Barcelona City Council’s Energy Information Points (Totems), which will use open technologies and standards that will make them easy to export and develop in the future.
Open market consultation on Big Data / AI
Acting in response to a social situation where the demand for social services in Barcelona has risen so high there are now not enough resources available, thereby putting at risk the sustainability needed for a sufficient and fair provision of services, the Area of Social Rights also convened an Open Market Consultation (OMC) prior to the invitation-to-tender process.
Here the challenge has moved on to that of ensuring the development and implementation of innovations that will bring about greater optimisation in the use of public resources. In this respect there is a clear tendency to work with BIG DATA and Artificial Intelligence technologies, although not to the exclusion of other technologies. These changes are not unique to Barcelona, but have an equal effect on Europe’s main cities.
These two projects are part of RIS3CAT’s Innovative Public Procurement Programme, which is enshrined in the National Innovative Public Procurement Plan (CPI). The main aim behind this programme is to boost the Public Administration’s demand for innovation by designing and implementing pilot schemes and innovative projects.