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Fish and Wildlife Department’s IT Buys Include Trail Cameras, Laptops

The department also renewed its subscription to a software platform that allows for collection and coordination of data, photos and other content related to construction projects and other field work.

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife spent a little more than $800,000 in the second quarter of 2021 on IT goods, according to data compiled in the State Contract and Procurement Registration System, which tracks overall total contracting dollars and contracts procured by state government.

The purchases were for items including software for an operating environment, 1,000 trail cameras, mobile radios and laptops. The five largest purchases, ranked in descending order by size, were:

  • $349,881 for three years’ renewals of Mela software, a platform that allows for integration of data, photos and other information related to construction sites or other work projects. The purchase was made May 7 through SoftwareOne on the Software Licensing Program (SLP), and the subscription expires Dec. 31, 2024.
  • $184,768 for 1,000 Bushnell No-Glow Trail Cameras, which cost $139.90 each, along with solar generators and equipment cases. The purchase was made May 24 through RKU Distributing in a competitive award.
  • $103,330 for Motorola APX 8500 all-band mobile radios, along with related add-ons, purchased May 6 from Motorola Solutions on a statewide contract.
  • $94,266 for 11-inch iPad Pro tablets with cell connectivity, purchased May 3 through Natix Inc. on a statewide contract.
  • $91,300 for Hewlett Packard 650 G8 i5 8GB 256SSD laptops, purchased April 15 on a statewide contract from NWN Corp.
Dennis Noone is Managing Editor of Techwire. 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 the Northern California foothills.