Your “must-comply” criteria might be technical, commercial, legal or financial. For example, you might exclude vendors for:
- an unacceptable level of technical non-compliance
- proposed technology that is not P25-compliant
- equipment that lacks CAP certification
- proposed solution has not yet been commercially deployed
- commercial terms and conditions are not compliant with your RFP
- poor customer references.
For example, you’ll need to make sure that all the vendor proposals for consideration comply, both with your RFP specs, and with the wider P25 standards. That way you are guaranteed the benefits of P25 interoperability and multi-vendor procurement, not just now, but in the future as well.
The decision to exclude any vendor from further evaluation is solely yours. However, you do need to make sure it is justified and thoroughly documented. Exclusion is likely to be challenged, often formally, especially where public funds are at stake.
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