The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is aiming to buy up to US$3 million dollars worth of Apple hardware over the next three years, applying to bypass a federal bidding process by saying that only Apple products will suit its needs.
The Class Justification and Approval document (PDF download link) filed by the TSA states that the program requires “1000 Macs and 1000 additional devices including iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs” to support “specific areas of TSA’s Risk Based Counter-Terrorism mission”.
It says the agency needs the equipment for “producing high-quality graphics, editing and producing broadcast-quality video, performing forensic network and computer examinations, operating in mobile and remote locations utilising a secure mobile computing platform, (and) delivering training and presentations using lightweight and highly portable devices”, among others.
Besides buying the hardware to use in its operations, the TSA says it also needs to “acquire the full range of Apple devices (including desktops/laptops, iPhones, iPads, iPods, etc) for IT security testing and evaluation”.
The organisation says it also aims to develop and test more iOS apps – it released the MyTSA iPhone app in 2010 – and is also seeking the relevant developer licenses and software including Apple’s free Xcode Integrated Development Environment.