Government Playbook Mass Purchases Starting!
Canadian government posts tender notice for purchase of 500 Playbooks, plus option to acquire another 500. Looks like the start of mass acquisition of the Playbook by agencies that require the highest level of device security.
Posted on MERX.COM, government tender website:
BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK TABLET
Trade Agreement: WTO-AGP/NAFTA/AIT/Canada-Peru
Tendering Procedures: Generally only one firm has been invited
Non-Competitive Procurement Strategy: Exclusive Rights
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Vendor Name and Address:
Research In Motion Limited
295 Phillip St
Nature of Requirements:
BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK TABLET
Telephone No. - (819) 956-1142
Fax No. - (819) 956-1156
The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has a
requirement to procure 500 RIM's "Playbook" tablets with the
option to procure an additional 500 units.
It is proposed to issue a contract to Research In Motion (RIM)
or its designated reseller.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
(DFAIT) has been mandated by the Government of Canada to provide
the communications and IT infrastructure outside the borders of
Canada. The Department has met its obligation by providing (via
the 'International Platform') the backbone infrastructure
(MITNET) and the overlaying IT infrastructure (SIGNET). It is
responsible for the monitoring and security of both
infrastructures with the end-result being the provision of safe
and secure information exchange (voice, data and telephony) for
DFAIT diplomats and Other Government Department (OGD)
In order to meet its international obligations, DFAIT has a
significant investment (both in architecture, licensing and
servers) in the provisioning of a RIM infrastructure (for its
missions abroad (and Canada) to ensure secure communications for
its representatives. This is part of a tight technical
integration within the SIGNET infrastructure, especially within
its Microsoft Exchange messaging system. The Department has
engineered its messaging system and the integrated BES server
infrastructure to meet issues such as low bandwidth, and high
latency (VSAT) at missions abroad. This is considered part of a
critical infrastructure to meet its security obligations.
- 12-20-2011, 02:04 PM #4
Interesting, although 1,000 is not very many, compared to the 750,000 already sold and the many millions that need to be sold if the QNX platform is going to attract developers. The vaunted "security" of the Playbook is mostly nonsense--just advertising puffery, trying to build on the reputation of the RIM email service, for which there isn't even yet a native Playbook client. The Playbook's Bridge tethering, though, does provide an angle for places in which other internet service is not cleared.
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12-21-2011, 05:01 PM #15
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Well at least the taxpayer money spent on these Playbooks will be a better investment then the F35 jets.
Those have been a sinkhole for taxpayer $$. Well that and the G8/G20.....
.....Peter MacKay's Military "taxi service" trips.....Gun Registry scrapping.....etc...
Yeah....I dislike my current government a lot!
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I hope I explained what I was referring to adequately. ThanksThere are trolls in BlackBerry clothing among us. Report and never reply to obvious troll posts, they will die without responses from you.
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12-22-2011, 12:08 AM #24
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- Wooden shoe like to know
I was on site at a clients new building yesterday the rental IT guys were there - I had my PB open as my second monitor so I could websurf while they were messing around with routers and wires....disabling my internet temporarily etc.
He saw it and said "Is that a playbook?"
He said his company had gotten 5 free playbooks to test out - the guy loves it but has trouble battling the ipad junkies or convincing them how bad of a choice it really is for corporate stuff and what a nightmare it is for them.
I told him jokingly (but really) that I love it because it sets me free from dealing with you guys with 3G bridging. lol
and they cant filter my web access...
Also was surprised the other week when I cleared out best buy of its last two charging docks (at staples prices) the young guy was all questions about my playbook - he said he had one his brother had given him - loves it.
Playbook is picking up steam.