Town of Davie employees to get 100 new work laptops – Sun Sentinel

Citing the need to protect their computer data from malicious attacks, town of Davie officials are preparing to receive new employee laptop computers.

“The Town of Davie needs to replace laptop computers town-wide, which have reached their maximum lifespan,” stated a town council resolution agenda report filed by Victoria Whatley, acting information technology director.

A procurement authorization form signed by Richard Lemack , the town administrator, last month, called for the purchase of 100 laptops at a cost of $139,074.40. The “piggyback bid” used in the procurement process was awarded by the state of Florida to Dell Marketing Inc.

The town council passed the resolution authorizing the purchase earlier this month and the town anticipates receiving the laptops in three to five weeks, said Phillip Holste, public information officer, in an email statement.

The employee laptops that will be replaced reached their maximum lifespan of five years earlier this month. They run Windows XP, an operating system released in 2001. Microsoft ended support and security updates for Windows XP in April 2014.

“Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware,” the agenda report stated. “It is important that the Town of Davie migrate to a currently supported operating system as soon as possible.”

The quote provided to the town last month from a Dell Marketing sales representative divided the 100 laptops to be received into two configurations.

Sixty-five of the 100 computers are Dell Latitude premier laptops, and the other 35 computers are Dell Latitude Ultrabooks. Both laptop configurations feature a 14-inch screen, a fourth generation Intel Core Processor, 8 gigabytes of memory and 256 gigabyte hard drives.

The Dell Latitude Ultrabook is lighter than the Dell Latitude premier laptop at 3.6 pounds and is equipped with optional touch-screen capability. Both configurations feature Windows 7, released in 2009, as the operating system.

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