Tuesday, March 9, 2010

US Army Plans Smart Phone Trials

Via Jane's (March 4, 2010) -

The US Army plans to field a group of soldiers with touchscreen smart phones to evaluate their usefulness for training purposes and possibly for tactical use.

"We're going to outfit about 200 soldiers in a brigade this year with an iPhone-like device, probably an Android [phone]," Major General Keith Walker, director of the army's Future Force Integration Directorate (FFID), told reporters on 1 March.

The devices are being developed for the service's Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications (CSDA) project and resemble a touchscreen iPhone or Android, but several hardware and software solutions are still being evaluated.

Soldiers will be able to use the devices to access applications or for communications over an internal network, said Gen Walker. Troops will not be able to call home on the devices.

1 comment:

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