The Centre for Quantum Photonics (CQP) at the University of Bristol is conducting R&D in quantum communications networks as part of the £24M EPSRC-funded Quantum Technologies Hub in Quantum Communications (QComms). CQP is a world leading quantum information research centre pursuing fundamental quantum information science and developing unique and novel quantum technologies pioneering the use of cutting-edge integrated quantum photonics. CQP is a key partner in the QComms Hub, part of a £270M investment by the UK government into quantum technologies. In particular, it is focussed on bringing quantum communications technologies out of the lab and into the real world.
The aim of the project is the study and application of quantum key distribution (QKD) networks, both across the city of Bristol and the wider UK. This project will involve combining QKD with traditional network systems, and extending both capabilities through the virtualisation of network resources such that they can be defined on the fly with software defined networks.
We require quantum secured communication technology operable in fibre optic and/or free-space network settings, these include but are not limited to: quantum key distribution systems, quantum repeaters, quantum relays, quantum digital signature systems, multiple party quantum communication/secret sharing/cryptography systems, classical encryptors, and quantum random number generators. These devices will ultimately be used to encrypt classical data, so interoperability with standard telecommunications equipment is desirable. Proven operation of devices in real-world testbed and deployed network settings is desired.
The contact will be made up fof 4 Lots:
QKD Boxes, QKD Encryptors, QKD upgrades and Future Quantum Cryptography Technology
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset Police is seeking responses from interested companies for waste management services. Expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified and experienced contractors. This procurement is being undertaken to establish a contract for waste management services for Avon and Somerset Police, Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council. The procurement procedures will be undertaken in accordance with the Restricted Procedure set out in the Regulations as per European Procurement Legislation.
The contract will be divided into lots as outlined below:
Lot 1: Co-mingled Recyclables and Residual Waste: To include, but not limited to, general waste, non-confidential paper (including pre-shredded protectively marked paper), tins, cans, plastic, glass, cardboard, newspaper/magazines
Lot 2: Hazardous Waste (including WEEE): waste defined by the European Waste Catalogue including, but not limited to, fluorescent tubes, lamp disposal, televisions, fridges/freezers, lead-acid batteries, torch batteries, paint and associated products, animal faeces, urine and manure, WEEE appliances, batteries, liquid waste, weed killer, plant food, lighter fluid, explosives, anthrax contaminated items, mercury, vehicle waste including fuel, mixed fuel, oil, coolants, oil filters, anti-freeze, brake fluid, tyres, parts washing fluids, contaminated rags and granules and other contaminated items which may include furniture/fittings contaminated with bodily fluids.
Lot 3: Metal Waste: To include, but not limited to, brass, aluminium, steel, bicycles, engines, furniture, filing cabinets and miscellaneous metal waste.
Lot 4: Skip Hire: To include haulage and disposal
Lot 5: Protectively Marked Waste: Off-site shredding services to include, but not limited to, paper, multimedia and clothing. Note: The Customer requires off-site shredding (i.e. shredded at contractor’s site).
Lot 6: Drainage System Clearance (Avon and Somerset Police only): To include, but not limited to, interceptor tanks, drainage gulley sumps, road gulleys and vehicle wash sumps, sewage pumping chambers, weir systems, foul system jetting and disposal of liquid fuel
The contract period will be for 5 years with an option to extend for a further 2 years.
A Pre-Qualification questionnaire (PQQ) document will be made available on expression of interest. The closing date for expressions of interest and the subsequent completed Pre-Qualification Questionnaire is Friday 27 December 2013 at 1600 hours.. If a large number of companies express an interest, it may be necessary to select a tender list from those applying.
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