Our client, a university, has a long-established metering system based on proprietary hardware with associated software for managing and interrogating the meters and storing their output for use, among other things, in a monitoring and targeting scheme. They have two major stakeholders, one predominantly interested in monitoring and managing power quality and availability, and the other in billing the various user departments. The existing scheme suffers from certain limitations and the client is considering migrating to a new data-collection provider.
The project entails interviewing the stakeholders in question (and staff responsible for day-to-day use of the existing metering system) in order to develop a User Requirement Specification. We will be expected to nominate candidate suppliers who can then be invited to present proposals for meeting the URS, following which shortlisted companies will be invited to tender formally for the work.