Air Force selects its first tablet under blanket purchase agreement

Air Force on Tuesday selected the Samsung Series 7 Slate tablet as the first network slate tablet under the Air Force Client Computing and Servers blanket purchase agreement (BPA). For the contract, Samsung Electronics America has partnered with Intelligent Decisions, a company that specializes in federal IT solutions.

According to Samsung, the Series 7 Slate is the first device selected under the new network tablet category, available for deployment at Air Force bases worldwide. The USAF has added the Samsung Series 7 Slate to the BPA effective immediately.

The Samsung Series 7 Slate provides the USAF standard desktop configuration implementation of Windows 7 Professional, and supports all the same programs as a desktop PC.  The Samsung Slate is delivered with a Trusted Computing Group certified, Trusted Platform Module 1.2 chip.

It includes an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB1 of DDR3 system memory, and meets the Air Force’s Gold Master standards for computing performance, according to Samsung. The tablet is compliant with the Trade Agreements Act, a requirement for government agencies and educational institutions purchasing products with government funds. For agencies such as the Air Force with strict security requirements, the basic input/output system (BIOS) of the Series 7 Slate is NIST SP800-147-compliant and fully supports secure BIOS integrity measurement mechanisms.

“Highly mobile government agencies such as the U.S. Air Force are increasingly looking for mobile PC alternatives that can meet their stringent purchasing requirements and give their personnel the computing power they need for maximum productivity anywhere they go,” said Todd Bouman, vice president of marketing at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division, in a statement. “Samsung engineered the Series 7 Slate with the needs of government in mind, from meeting strict security and network compatibility requirements to durability, quality and TAA-compliance.”

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