USDA buys rugged tablets, wireless services

The Agriculture Department has awarded two blanket purchase agreements worth $50 million to GTSI Corp. of Chantilly, Va., for mobile and wireless hardware and software.

The first contract provides rugged convertible tablet PCs meeting Agriculture's advanced-communications requirements for field, state, regional and headquarters offices. The Panasonic Toughbook 18 MIL-STD-810F models are designed to handle fieldwork in bad weather and provide integrated capabilities for wireless WAN connections and global positioning systems.

Under the second contract, GTSI will provide Agriculture wireless infrastructure technology and services in partnership with Cisco Systems Inc.

Each of the contracts, which were awarded July 25 and were off the GSA Schedule, is valued at $25 million and has a one-year duration with four option years.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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