Agencies take on handheld administration, Palm exec says

Agencies take on handheld administration, Palm exec says

By Thomas R. Temin

GCN Staff

JULY 10—Handheld computing is moving from the government's back door to its front, Palm Inc. president Carl J. Yankowski says. Translation: Fewer employees are buying their own handheld computers, and more agencies are issuing handhelds to support enterprise applications.

This week, the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command signed a blanket purchasing agreement with the Santa Clara, Calif., company to provide wireless service on Palm VII devices for Navy personnel. The contract is available for all federal agencies, Palm officials said.

The company modified its payment plan so that agencies can buy multiple accounts using purchase orders. Usually, Palm requires individual credit cards that it can bill monthly. SPAWAR will place orders for service and equipment on behalf of other agencies.

At the municipal level, Lincoln, Neb., recently equipped its animal control staff with Palm VIIs. Field workers can wirelessly access the city's dog license database 24 hours a day, no matter where they find a stray pet.

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