As reported in Defense Systems ...Smart-phone applications are part of everyday life, and the Army and
other military branches have said those applications also will be a part of service life...
...The next major demonstration of how handheld devices, such as Apple
iPhones, Research in Motion BlackBerries
and Motorola Droid
s, can run Army specific applications will occur in June when engineers from the Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC)
integrate about a dozen smart devices into the Product Manager Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
On-the-Move Event 10 (E10) at Fort Dix, N.J...
...... Last year’s C4ISR
OTM exercise was the Army’s largest-ever C4ISR and
networking technology demonstration, and this year’s exercise supports efforts to achieve brigade combat team modernization in 2013 to 2014. Handheld devices and battle command applications will be part of that future force network, and E10 will provide a firsthand look at how these different systems interact in an on-the-move environment...
...“With smart, handheld devices, the Army wants to develop the
capability to push down situational awareness and relevant information directly to dismounted soldiers,” said Ron Szymanski, a computer scientist at CERDEC's Command and Control Directorate
. “You take a
commercial handheld device like an iPhone or an Android phone and throw it in a pocket, and you don’t even know it’s there. It doesn’t slow you down. It is not like strapping a hardened laptop and everything that goes with it onto your back."...
...The push to take a closer look at commercial handheld technologies
came in mid-2009 when senior Army leaders, such as Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli
and Chief Information Officer Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson
, began to push for use of handheld devices and applications on the battlefield...
Read on at: http://defensesystems.com/Articles/2010/06/07/C4ISR-1-CERDEC-handhe...
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