British Columbia and Ontario's lottery corporations will soon be opening up bidding on what looks to be a major information technology contract. According to a notice quietly posted on BC Bid earlier today, the two Crown corporations are collaborating to find a replacement for the computerized systems that monitors their slot machines. The first stage of that bidding process will begin the week of November 23. The following is a complete copy of that notice.
NOTICE OF PROPOSED PROCUREMENT
This is to serve as advanced notification that Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) are collaborating on the procurement process to replace their Gaming Management Systems (GMS). Currently, both jurisdictions operate separate gaming management systems, but will issue a joint Request for Proposal (RFP) in order to capitalize on economies of scale and to maximize efficiencies.
A GMS is a computerized system that monitors and links slot machines and other electronic games across the gaming floor and throughout each corporation. The GMS is essential in tracking and recording all gaming activity, complimentary value earned, accounting data and security events, driven by player and employee activity at all gaming devices operated by the OLG or BCLC.
The GMS solution(s) will be implemented to operate the entire OLG's network of Casinos and Slots at Racetrack sites in Ontario. The GMS will operate BCLC's network of Casinos and Community Gaming Centres (CGC) in British Columbia. OLG and BCLC will have separate systems which will not be centrally linked to each other.
OLG and BCLC will sign separate contracts, however, negotiations may be conducted jointly by BCLC and OLG.
A Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) #0910-139 will be issued to pre-qualify vendors to receive RFP #0809-102 Gaming Management System. Once respondents to the RFPQ have been determined to meet the pre-qualification requirements, they will receive a copy of the RFP.
The RFPQ will be released on MERX# (www.merx.com), an electronic tendering service, with notification of the MERX# posting on BC Bid# (www.bcbid.com), an electronic tendering service. The RFPQ will be issued the week of November 23, 2009 and the RFP will be issued approximately one week later.
OLG and BCLC may, at their sole discretion, terminate the above-referenced RFPQ and RFP processes in whole or in part at any time and for any reason. OLG and BCLC may also adopt timetables other than as stated for the completion of these processes.
This notice includes a brief summary of the RFPQ and RFP processes only. OLG and BCLC assume no responsibility for the availability, accuracy, completeness or timeliness of any of the information, or the fitness of such information for any particular purpose.