Army inks deal for handhelds

The Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command has awarded a one-year blanket purchase agreement to CDW Government Inc. for wireless devices and peripherals, including Cingular, T-Mobile, BlackBerry and Sprint PalmOne Treo 650 handhelds and smart-card readers.

The BPA has no ceiling value, and Army organizations can place orders worth as much as $5 million each, according to the Herndon, Va., company.

The wireless devices feature Java operating systems and meet Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 for securing sensitive but unclassified data.

Under the BPA, CDW-G will provide software, hardware accessories and middleware for the BlackBerrys from Research in Motion Ltd. of Waterloo, Ontario. The Army will pre-approve all products.

The BlackBerry devices come equipped with smart-card readers from Appriva of Columbus, N.J., and Infinite Peripherals Inc. of Irvine, Calif., for added security.

NETCOM is the Army's proponent for wireless devices and services, according to Gordon Van Vleet, a public affairs officer at the command, and BPAs as the service's enterprise solution for devices and services.

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