Please clarify the technical information to Interface with ECX system

Enterprise Asset Track and Trace System (eATTS)
RFP- J0802-EATTS-2015
Response to Clarification Questions II
Question #9
Please clarify the technical information to Interface with
ECX system.
It is stated in the RFP that there is an existing warehouse
Question #10
Question #11
Question #12
receipting and inventory management system managed by
ECX. As such, there will be information that eATTS will need
from ECX or send to ECX. This is to avoid duplicate entry of
data and enable both systems to operate as efficiently as
For instance, the Goods Received Note (GRN) or Electronic
Warehouse Receipt Number is generated by ECX. On the
other hand, eATTS tracks and traces every bag but there will
need to be a link between the bags being tracked by eATTS
and the corresponding GRN numbers created and
maintained by ECX. Therefore, a standard interfacing
protocol will need to be mutually agreed and implemented
to have both systems operate and leverage each other
information in an integrated fashion. ECX already has
experience in building and implementing similar interfaces.
Regarding SMS system, please clarify if there is SMSC to
interface with or should we propose SIM bank to send
SMS from?
ECX currently hosts and offers its own SMS-based service to
disseminate market information either on pull or push bases.
This service can be leveraged by eATTS. Bidders are of
course encouraged to propose and suggest their own solution
offering, if deemed necessary.
Any requirements to track trucks GPS in the future?
The scope of this RFP does not include this requirement.
However, the evaluation of each offer does consider the
scalability, extensibility, and additional future feature and
functions of the proposed solution.
Are existing HW IBM Blade Center H and HX5 able to
support eATTS capacity requirements?
Question #13
Question #14
Question #15
Question #16
The response to this question is dependent on the bidder’s
solution, not on ECX. As such, the RFP clearly requires each
bidder to propose the required hardware, system software,
and RDBMS with indicative pricing, precisely so that ECX can
determine whether or not its existing assets can host the
proposed solution and if not, to understand the investment
Do you have database license to support the new eATTS?
See response to Question #12 above.
To trace and track uniquely for each bag, please clarify if
you are interested in RF ID solution.
The decision to consider bar code tags is based on weighing
the likely higher investment and sustainment costs
associated with RFID based solution. However, the proposed
solution needs be capable of allowing a migration from bar
code tag to RFID tag in the future.
Bidders may propose RFID based solution as an alternate
option for consideration.
Do you have any preference solution for eATTS while
network is down?
It is expected that the scanning of bar code tags should be
designed to operate with or without connectivity to the
central system assuming the scanned data can then be
transferred/synchronized when connection is up. Bidders
are expected to propose their practical and cost effective
solution for such and other scenarios.
Do you want separate tag to be in each bag for every
transfer or you are looking for a single tag with history by
removing all the previous tags.
History must be maintained in order to ultimately produce a
report describing the composition of the coffee origins
making up the consignment being shipped to the
international buyer as per prearranged contract.
As stated in the RFP, the same bar code tag is expected to
remain with the bag while the bag is in ECX possession and
on arrival at the Exporters/Buyer warehouse and during
processing. After processing and re-bagging for shipment to
the international buyer, a separate bar code tag will need to
be attached as discussed in the RFP. However, it is
important to note that this new bar code tag will need to
maintain the history of origins of the various bags (now
mixed/combined in each bag after processing) collectively
being processed to fulfill a specific contract/coffee