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Wildlife Department’s IT Buys Included Drones, iPads, Sensors

In its five largest purchases of IT goods in the first three months of 2022, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife spent just more than $1 million on a variety of products related to its environmental mission.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife spent just more than $1 million in the first quarter of 2022 on its five largest purchases of IT goods.

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Those items included iPads, routers, video-equipped drones, forest-fuel sensors and storage expansion enclosures, according to data in the State Contract and Procurement Registration System. Those five purchases, made between Jan. 1 and March 31 and totaling $1,074,941 with rounding, included:
  • $249,583 for Peplink MAX-BR1-5GH-T-PRM MAX BR1 5G routers, purchased through a competitive small-business award on March 2 through Ablegov Inc.
  • $248,571 for Skydio X2E Starter Kit drones with video capabilities. The devices were purchased on Feb. 3 through McMaverick in a competitive bid through the state’s Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise contract vehicle.
  • $236,672 for forest-fuel moisture sensors, purchased through Technical and Business Systems Inc. on Feb. 25 under a competitive small-business contract.
  • $225,002 for iPads (9th Generation) with Wi-Fi + Cellular 64GB, purchased Feb. 8 through Natix Inc. under a statewide contract.
  • $115,113 for Dell EMC ME412 Storage Expansion Enclosures, purchased Jan. 5 through PC Specialists under a statewide contract.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.