Stage 4: Commission and Assessment
Step 4.1 - Commission
NB This step must only commence following the successful completion of all steps within stage 3.
Following the successful validation of the innovation within Stage 3, against its specification, this step signifies acceptance by the Agency that all of the provider’s obligations have been satisfied. At this point, with the exception of any warranty obligations, the innovation is now the responsibility of the HA.
Within this step the overall responsibilities will pass from the implementation team to the operations and assessment team. For smaller pilots this may be the same individuals however the roles and responsibilities could be significantly different. Prior to commissioning the implementation team will focus upon the successful delivery of the innovation according to the requirements specification
Depending upon the scale of the pilot this step may be staggered enabling partial acceptance of specified elements of the pilot. In such situations it is essential to precisely define the overall roles and responsibilities.
Close liaison between the implementation team and the operational and assessment team is very important to ensure the successful transition. Roles and responsibilities for all teams involved should be clearly defined and accepted by all parties. The Highways Agency Ramp Metering Deployment Plan[HA 2005C] provides an example of the considerations in this area.