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- Q: Can the conversion of the Android Application to the other smartphone operating systems be contracted out?
A: Yes, you may contract out the converting of the application.
- Q: Do you expect to upgrade the existing application with more features or just want to deploy it onto different platforms?
A: Any proposed improvements to the existing application will be welcomed, but are not necessary for the research. We have listed some examples of improvement ideas on the project webpage that you are welcome to consider especially location memory feature and start/stop detection algorithms. Please CLICK HERE for the link.
- Q: Do you provide the winning team the source code for the Android Application so that the team can modify it and put it onto other smartphone operating systems?
A: Yes, the Android source code shall be supplied to the research team that Caltrans chooses.
- Q: Could we have access to the source code and executable application before we write our proposal?
A: Yes to both parts of the question. You can obtain the source code by contacting Yvonne Cooks with the following information: contact name, phone number, e-mail address, name of institution, and physical address. The executable copy is currently available in the Android Market by searching for "ATD" or CLICK HERE for the link. The application needs a password that can be obtained by contacting Yvonne Cooks.
- Q: Do you expect the survey to be done for the entire California?
A: We are not expecting the research to survey California in its entirety. If the research shows that it would benefit from surveying all of California then you are welcome to perform such a survey size.
- Q: Regarding Task B of project number 92 (GPS-Automated Travel Survey), what scale of survey are you aiming for? For example, approximately how many respondents and for how long of a survey period?
A: As stated earlier, the scale and time of the survey is to be determined by you, the researcher, to determine an effective evaluation of the application and the data.
- Q: If the entire state is to be surveyed, do you expect someone to manage the survey in the Southern California, Northern California, and Central California regions?
A: If you need to break it up that is your choice, but we are not expecting the survey to be for the entire California.
- Q: Regarding project number 92 (GPS-Automated Travel Survey), what is the expected scale of the project in terms of overall budget?
A: The application development and survey research are weighted evenly in regards to the overall budget.
- Q: Is the survey for the validation of the GPS-ATD method or a statewide trial for the 2010 survey?
A: This research is aimed more at the validation of the GPS-ATD method.
- Q: In regards to 12_PS 02, Section V, E and F. Assume the application is perfect for the deployment and cell phone volunteers are compensated somehow, do you expect the deployment to follow the social network model (Facebook, Google+ type) to assemble all the survey data? Do you expect a web service to be developed for collecting the real time travel data, archiving them into databases, and preparing them for statistical analysis?
A: The real time travel data as well as survey data is stored on the phone which is then send to a central server. The central server is where the data is archived and prepared for statistical analysis. We do not expect to have a social network model to assemble the survey data for this research.
- Q: The CFS states that subcontracts with private entities are subject to certain conditions. Could you please inform me of these conditions and whether they need to be addressed during proposal stage?
A1: Any generic private contractor/subcontract anticipated within the proposal must be selected using competitive procurement process; though the actual bid and selection process can occur after the contract award and will be justified and documented as a part of the contract documentation effort.
A2: Any specific named private subcontractor (i.e. "John Smith Consulting Service") that is actually included and named within the proposal package must have been selected using a competitive process prior to the submittal of the proposal. The selection process must be included and justified as part of the proposal submittal.
A3: Any subcontract must meet Master Agreement limits on subcontract value.
- Q: On Page 19, the CFS states that the each task, A1 through A5 should be separately bid. Could you please clarify this statement; are we able to submit one proposal for each task that delineates the budget for each task or do we submit 5 separate proposals?
A: Submit one single proposal, with each task bid separately and clearly delineated within the proposal document. This specifically includes the schedule and budgetary elements. In essence, treat each task as a separately exercisable option within your overall bid. If any of the tasks are so closely linked or intertwined (i.e. due to overlapping efforts, crossfeed or need for information/data) that they simply cannot be exercised separately, please note this in your overall proposal as a condition/limitation. Tasks that require a sequential implementation, but are otherwise separately exercisable, should also be noted in your proposal.
- Q: For the FOT, will the transit agency partner be required to submit its own funding proposal for the work covered during the FOT?
A: (NOTE: FOT is a Phase B effort and as such, neither its cost nor an explicit project plan is required here. Phase B elements shall not be included in your current Phase A proposal. The Phase B information included in this CFS is provided for your information only and may provide continuity of thought in framing your Phase A proposal.
- For informational purposes only:
Based on current thinking, and under the anticipated plan foreseen for this EDAPTS effort, the transit agency partner doing the EDAPTS FOT will have to do all required planning, definition of needs and obtain all necessary funding for the actual deployment of ITS under its EDAPTS deployment project. While Caltrans and the selected Phase B contractor for EDAPTS FOT may provide advice or other assistance in doing the planning, definition of needs or in locating suitable funding sources, the actual funding of the FOT ITS system solution will not utilize Caltrans research funds. It is envisioned that research funds will likely be utilized to "evaluate" the effectiveness of the EDAPTS methodology in procuring a suitable and functional FOT solution. The exact nature of the Caltrans/partner agency "partnership" agreement to be utilized during the Phase B FOT (i.e. MOU, contract, arms length evaluation only, etc.) does need to be addressed and/or recommended during this Phase A proposal effort.