The Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet has released a request for tender seeking the provision of new desktops, laptops and monitors.
The tender calls for between 135 to 145 desktops with Windows 7 to be delivered to the department by 30 June 2011. The desktops are to have an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive as minimum with a four-year warranty period.
The department has asked for each tender application to include the cost of the desktops with or without monitors included. However, the department is also seeking an additional 55 to 65 22-inch widescreen LCD monitors to replace existing monitors within the department.
The tender also calls for 40 to 50 laptops, also to be delivered in the same time frame as the desktops. The tender documents state that the laptops of choice within the department are the Lenovo T410 models, but other "ultraportable" models may be considered. The laptops will be required to be Windows 7 ready, thus ruling out a move to iPads as part of the tender. Despite Tasmania being the first state to go live on the National Broadband Network (NBN), the tender also calls for the laptops to include a 56Kbps dial-up modem.
The Tasmanian Department of Education and Training is currently trialling the use of iPads in a number of schools across the state.
Late last month the Tasmanian Government put out a call for help from telecommunications companies to develop its telco procurement strategy for the state over the next 10 years.