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Tracking the Spend: GPS Tools, Data, Subscriptions for Fleets

One department in state government spent a little over $4.3 million in the first half of the year on its five largest buys of IT goods.

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A state department with broad responsibility for transportation management, safety and regulation spent just over $4 million on its top five buys of IT goods in the first half of the year.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reported, via the State Contracting and Procurement Registration System, that its five largest purchases of IT goods from Jan. 1 through June 30 totaled $4,368,139, with rounding. They included telematic licensing for fleet vehicles, data storage and other subscriptions for services. The five largest purchases were:
  • $943,298 for “Geotab GO9 Verizon Monthly Service,” a reference to GPS fleet-tracking and telematics technology. The April 8 statewide contract award was made with Geotab USA.
  • $934,480 for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure data storage, a March 10 award to Mythics Inc. under the California Multiple Award Schedules.
  • $926,503 for a one-year Engineering Workbench subscription with IHS Global Inc. The May 28 contract for the data-and-insights tool was exempt (non-competitively bid) because it’s a proprietary product.
  • $827,997 for “/M1ANNUALSAAS Annual SaaS Billing,” a May 28 award for software as a service to EJ Ward Inc. under an exempt contract. EJ Ward specializes in fuel management, electric vehicle charging and GPS solutions for fleets.
  • $735,861 for Bentley Graduated Enterprise License Subscription, a service that includes access to applications, support and updates. The May 27 exempt contract runs for one year and was purchased from Bentley.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.