Tender for the New GNSS-Based Tolling System in Slovakia


An overview of the procurement for upgrading the nationwide truck tolling system.

4 December 2020

Slovakia initially launched the operation of its GNSS-based tolling system in 2010 using “plug and play” On Board Units (OBUs). This nationwide tolling scheme was particularly innovative since, for the first time:
– the tolled road network consisted of all major transit routes (not just the motorways);
– GNSS-based OBUs were mandatory and could be installed by the drivers themselves.

Skytoll was awarded the contract and implemented the system using the integrated OBU technology from Siemens that includes a GNSS receiver, a GSM module, and a microwave DSRC module. This windshield-mounted design introduced in Slovakia has become the de facto standard for the European Electronic Toll Service (EETS). Skytoll’s operations contract is due to expire at the end of 2022, so the time has come for a technical upgrade to be procured.

NDS, the Slovak national motorway company (in Slovak Národná Diaľničná Spoločnosť) is procuring the new tolling system in three separate tenders:

1.  The Tolling Back Office, also referred to as the “central system,” which receives the tolling data from all the vehicles and processes the tolling fees. This tender has been published on December 1st, 2020. 

2. The Tolling Front End, which includes the tolling technology itself, such as OBUs and map matching, and the distribution network (Point of Sales). This tender should be published in February 2021.

3. The Toll Enforcement System, which includes enforcement equipment such as cameras equipped with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), DSRC microwave transceivers to retrieve tolling data from the OBUs, and laser scanners to determine the vehicle category since heavier trucks must pay higher tolling fees. Both fixed enforcement gantries and mobile enforcement vehicles are deployed across Slovakia. This tender should be published in April 2021

All three tenders should be awarded, and contracts signed, by the end of 2021. This would will enable an implementation period of at least 12 months.

The title of the tender is “The Construction of Electronic Toll System and provision of Technical Support Services” (in Slovak “Vybudovanie Elektronického mýtneho systému  a poskytovanie Služieb technickej podpory“). It is the intention of NDS to purchase and operate the new tolling system, rather than contracting an operator like Skytoll to own and operate all system components on behalf of NDS, the Toll Charger in Slovakia.

The most important elements for the Tolling Back Office tender are summarized below:

Deadline for submitting the offer: 31 March 2021
Anticipated volume of the contract: 60,000,000 EUR 
Security deposit for the bidders: 500,000 EUR

Stage 1: system implementation from the signing of the Contract until 31 December 2022
Stage 2: technical support of operations  from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2027, i.e. for 5 years, with an option to prolong operations for an additional 5 years until 31 December 2032.

Selection criteria for the offers of the Tolling Back Office 
1. The price is the first and most important selection criteria, given a weight factor of 60%.
2. The service level agreement (SLA) response for the operational support services is the second most important criteria, given a weight factor of 32%.
3. The compatibility of the new system with the existing back office system is given a weight factor of 8%.

Key technical references required in the tender:
1. At least one reference consisting of the construction and operation of an electronic toll collection system based on open road tolling (multi-lane free flow) without the need for using a specific lane, reducing speed or stopping a vehicle in order to retrieve electronic data, using an electronic device installed in the vehicle (OBU), that has been in continuous operation for at least 24 months.
2. At least one reference consisting of the application and operation of algorithms for processing vehicle position data recorded by the OBU, based on satellite positioning in the form of toll transactions that identify the passage on specific toll sections.

The reference project(s) must :
a. consist of a tolled road network having at least 1,000 km;
b. have at least 100,000 vehicles equipped with OBUs; 
c. include the levying and settling of toll payments.

For an overview of all the tender documents for Lot 1 (Tolling Back Office) and their English language equivalents, look here.

If you would like to request a copy of the tender documentation translated to English, please contact Norbert Schindler: norbert@gnss-consulting.com

For a short insight of the translation, look here.