Locals star on NSW ruggedised notebook panel

Locals star on NSW ruggedised notebook panel

Pioneer, ASI and Optima to supply ruggedised machines to NSW Government

Three local assemblers have secured spots on the NSW Government's ruggedised notebook panel.

Pioneer Computers, ASI Solutions and Optima have been selected to supply the specialist machines along with multinational player, Motorola. Ruggedised notebooks is one of eight categories listed under the state's ITS2007 contract for PC, notebook and server procurement.

All up, ITS2007 was expected to be worth $431 million over four years, a NSW Commerce spokesperson said.

The state government recently announced four vendors under the general notebook category - ASI Solutions, Lenovo, HP and Acer. The decision followed the appointment of Acer, HP and Lenovo as multinational desktop PC suppliers. Optima and ASI Solutions will also be allowed to sell desktop PCs to state government agencies through its locals-only list.

The government has yet to select suppliers for server procurement and associated services. Pioneer and Optima have also won places on the NSW Government's tablet computers panel beside Lenovo, HP, Fujitsu, Toshiba, and niche distributor, Tough Corp. The latter will also supply PDAs along with HP and Optima.

In its thin client terminal category, the NSW Government has chosen to work with Acer, HP, Lenovo, Optima, Fujitsu and Commander subsidiary, Ipex.

In a statement, Pioneer said it was privileged to be one of the few suppliers chosen for the new panel. The government previously maintained 14 suppliers under its ITS2000 contract, including 12 personal computer providers.

Pioneer said it has readied 20 PC and notebook models for the ITS2007 contract, including its DreamBook UMPC (Ultramobile PC) 650 with 6.5-inch TFT touchscreen.

ASI Solutions communication manager, Craig Quinn, was pleased to be on the ruggedised panel but said the company expected it to be a minor, specialist category.

The assembler will supply a semi-ruggedised machine.

Optima chairman and managing director, Cornel Ung, said it would initially supply a couple of co-branded, imported ruggedised notebooks but could look at additional models if demand increased.

"This is a new category for us - we can now fulfil other accounts with specialist needs including the NSW Police," he said. "Panasonic's Toughbooks have had major market share in government accounts, but we can now get in there as well."

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