According to a report today on 9to5google by the way of CNN Android is preparing to suit up for deployment in the US Army.
Because of Android’s open architecture the US government as able to make tight security revisions to the operating system. The government tweaks to Android will allow government and military personnel transfer and view confidential and clearance based documents on an Android device.
The modified version of Android can be retrofitted to commercially available Android devices by the US government.
While many user government officials and military personnel would love to have the ability to use iPhones and iPads for government business they can’t. According to the report, Apple does not want to give up access to the core software to anyone. Apparently they don’t even trust the government.
The Army has plans to test various forms of iOS and Android devices for use during combat starting next week.
In New Mexico’s White Sand Missile Range and Fort Bliss in Texas is the First Armored Division Second Brigade Combat Team. This team will be testing out different applications that can aid soldiers on the battlefield. These applications can do various things like stream surveillance videos and also connect to remote databases to provide real time information. (more…)
Reuters is reporting that Raytheon the maker of the Patriot Missile Defense System, is developing a software system that will help soldiers in the field identify enemies in their surrounding areas. This software will use Google’s Android operating system as it’s back bone.
Raytheon isn’ talking about typical Android developer stuff, or basic integration with google maps and GPS, no Raytheon is saying that they hope this software will be able to deliver images from unmanned aircrafts and sattelites, to soldiers handheld devices. They are hoping the software will be able to capture enough detail to tell what an enemy is wearing and read license plate images.
Raytheon is testing their software on handsets made by both HTC and Motorola. Mark Bigham, Vice President for Defense and Civil Missile Solutions with Raytheon said that Google has helped them “push the limits of the phone”
Other features in these literal Android Army Aids include: identity recognition, buddy location and GPS tracking. The phones cost about $500 which is inline with most Android phones purchased without a contract. Raytheon is responsible for adding encryption and security features to the devices and of course their program as well.